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Asparagus

Well its been awhile waiting for any signs of life from the asparagus crowns that I planted this spring. I want to say that I planted them late April and here we are well on our way into June, but the first signs of asparagus started poking their heads above the soil about 2 weekends ago.  However, the asparagus shoots were so skinny and short they were hard to photograph.  Below you can just make out a couple stalks of the purple passion asparagus I picked up a local Agway, breaking through the soil.  Right now the asparagus is located in one of our shallower raised beds.  This bed is constructed with 2×6’s and is approximately 4’x8’ in size.  Next year I will add another layer of 2x’s to the bed along with some soil to give me some of the depth needed for asparagus.2013-06-08 001 2013-06-08 009

I was concerned that our onions were going to overwhelm the asparagus but as you can see the lone asparagus fern in the center is catching up in height to the onions.  As an aside the onions that we planted are doing fabulous!  This will be the first year that we should actually get onions that are larger than the original sets we purchased.  The some of the onion stalks are close to 5/8” in diameter, which is something we have never seen.  We also have one onion that appears to  have shot up a flower stalk!

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We finally got the bright idea of putting a piece of white paper behind the asparagus so we could get a decent photo.  Essentially we will let the Asparagus grow all year, they will turn into ferns and eventually the ferns will be killed off with the frost of winter.  With any luck, this asparagus bed will survive and we can be eating fresh asparagus in 2015!  Yep that right, this crop takes 3 years before you can harvest your first spears with out causing undue stress on the plants.  The good news is that if you take care of these plants they should produce to 20 – 30 years!  Time will tell.

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June 9, 2013 - Posted by | Gardening | , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. What, no photo credits….

    Comment by Wendy | June 9, 2013 | Reply

  2. I’m still trying to grow asparagus. I try year after year. I’m successful with 99% of my gardening but asparagus is escaping me. 🙂

    Comment by Judy @ GrandparentsPlus2 | June 9, 2013 | Reply

    • I think I lucked out. I was nervous because it seemed like it took forever to get any sign of life from the crowns I planted. The true test will be if I can keep it going long enough to get some good harvests from it.

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | June 9, 2013 | Reply

  3. My asparagus did not survive two drought summers in a row. I reused the bed to plant Gooseberry bushes.

    Comment by Jimmy Cracked-Corn | June 13, 2013 | Reply

    • Can’t say that I have seen gooseberries. I will have to do some googling! So far the asparagus is doing good for it’s first year. I have had a couple more stalks shoot up since my first post. The spears are still thin and spindly so I need to find out what I should be doing to them, like cut them off. My guess is I need to just let it go.

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | June 15, 2013 | Reply

      • Yes. Just let them fern out and photosynthesize to increase the root crown size.

        Comment by Jimmy Cracked-Corn | June 18, 2013

      • Such an odd plant, do you protect them during the winter like you would garlic?

        Comment by billcarpenter4 | June 18, 2013

      • No, but perhaps I should have. I’m an asparagus failure. 🙂

        Comment by Jimmy Cracked-Corn | July 11, 2013


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