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Planting asparagus
« on: May 06, 2009, 05:02:49 AM »


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I brought home 6 asparagus plants (roots and crowns) today and they threw in some instructions.
I understand a sunny and well drained location.  It's the trench part that I'm questioning.  The directions say dig the trench a foot deepand a foot wide or more. Mix 1/4 Sphagnum Peat Moss and 1/4 cow manure with the soil. 
Can I use rabbit manure?  Does it have to be Spahgnum Peat Moss?  I found a website that didn't specify.
Then the directions say to make a ridge 3 inches high and to place the crown on the ridge and fan the roots down the sides. 
The online directions say not to bother, just throw the roots into the trench and cover them up.  My written directions say to cover the crowns with 2" of soil mix and water with fertiLome root stimulator. And then only add more soil as the plants grow.  It all gets quite involved and I'm kinda sorry I brought them home.
Has anyone here planted asparagus recently enough to remember exactly how they did it and how it turned out?  My roots are 2 year roots and I'm supposed to be able to start some limited harvesting next spring.
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Re: Planting asparagus
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 12:38:08 PM »
I would mix compost with the soil.  No need for the sphagnum.  True about the ditch and gradually adding dirt.  When I planted it at my old place I just kept the dirt dug out beside the trench and every time it rained dirt was added automatically. lol

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Re: Planting asparagus
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009, 12:58:53 PM »
We use to go along the road and look for aspargus in the ditch. I thought it grew wild when I was a kid. It was just some the roadgraders had pulled out of someone's yard over the years and spread up and down the road. That tells me it will probably grow pretty easily anywhere. I planted some last year in one of my raised beds and it is growing nice, but will take a few years before it can be harvested.
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Re: Planting asparagus
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009, 03:18:21 PM »
Due to my rocky ground I was not able to dig the trench. I also have never added any new soil (although I should). I planted 10 and that was two years ago. I have not had much success with production. I am assuming that you would have to have several more plants in order to get enough to do anything with except to eat as you pick. Mine has produced probably 20 stalks so far this year.

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Re: Planting asparagus
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009, 09:11:31 PM »
I know 6 plants arent very many.  But it's just for me.
I've got pretty good soil out here, and lots of rabbit manure compost to incorporate.  I'm reading some other vegetable planting books I have, because now I'm wondering if I can plant them in my brick planter bed that used to be loaded with strawberry plants.  There's only a couple of strawberry plants left in it because puppies trampled them last year. There's about 6' of empty space, I might have to transplant the lillies at the far end, for an extra 2 feet.  That should give the required 18" between plants.
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