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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Asparagus in the Garden

Asparagus is one vegetable that can be grown in all but the coldest and warmest parts of the United States. The roots will need a season long enough to store energy to produce lots of fat spears. The cold weather could make the asparagus go dormant for a bit.

If you plant to grow asparagus from seed it may take up to three years before the first harvest. For better results start in spring with year old crowns. Crowns are bare root plants without leaves. You will want to ask for the male hybrid plants that outproduce older types. These plants will mature and produce 1/2 pound crowns. Deciding how much to grow will depend on your appetite for asparagus but roughly 5 crowns per person should be enough.

You are preparing a bed that will produce asparagus for years to come. A site that is sunny, well drained and out of the way of traffic is important when choosing the best spot. Compost a space 2 feet wide and dig a 6 to 8 inch trench as the length. Salt the trench with compost and then set crowns 1 1/2 feet apart. Cover crowns, mulch and water

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