New Asparagus Bed

The asparagus crowns arrived yesterday. My goal today was to get them planted before the roots dried out.  I dug two trenches about 16ins apart and will place the crowns about 16ins apart in the rows.

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The light colored material you see is wood ashes. They have been there for 3-4mo and should be well leached out. The crowns are planted about 5ins deep and as soon as the shoots appear, I will top-dress the beds another 2-3ins.

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All the crowns are in place and all I have to do now is to water them good.

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If the weather holds out long enough tomorrow, I will plant my Yukon Gold potatoes in the first two boxes. As usual, all comments are welcome.   John

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5 thoughts on “New Asparagus Bed

  1. I thought about planting a bed of asparagus, but it takes so darned long to become really well established. At my age, I never know if I have that much time left 😉 Our local asparagus is beginning to be harvested this week, so I will be on the prowl for some really good, fresh spears from someone else’s field.

    Granny

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  2. Great looking beds. I’m not sure I’ve seen those before. Well done. Very organized and well designed. Love the fence for a trellis. Great idea. Thanks for sharing and thanks again for the soil block maker. I was just thinking how much I like it today.

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  3. Granny, I planted two year old crowns and should be able to take one cutting next spring. The following year I should be able to take several cuttings.

    Sinfonian, I built these beds after last years growing season. After I get everything planted, I will Finnish the irrigation system.

    John

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  4. Yes, that was my experience with them. Next spring cut any spears that are larger around than a pencil, then let them go to seed. The second year (four year old plants) gives a pretty good yield. It’s also possible to get two crops here, spring and fall, but I never did try that.

    Granny

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  5. I didn’t start an asparagus bed for the same reason as the commenter above- it takes so long and I knew that the house we bought was a stepping stone. Now, 7 years later, I wish I had- I don’t know where I would have put it, however. It will have to wait until we get a larger piece of property. The next house we buy will have to have either a large lot (smaller house) or be on a 1/2 acre- no more than 1 acre! Gotta have room for the 20’x40′ greenhouse I want to build 🙂

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