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New to country living and want to grow asparagas
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Suzanne Glasoe    Posted 04-29-2004 at 10:56:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am new to Country Living web page. I stumbled on this page when looking for instructions on how to plant asparagas. This is one of the only locations that gave me excellent information. I still have one more question:
I live in N. Idaho (Sandpoint area) and have clay and some rock soil. How does asparagas do with wet feet or in clay soil.

I am sure I'll have more questions now that I have found this page.
thank you!

John Hryc    Posted 03-26-2009 at 13:38:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I planted asparagas last year. It has already come up. Some of it is about 12-15 inches high. One or two sprigs per plant. I was told it would take 2 years before I would get a crop. Do I cut what has come up? My thought was that if I cut it the plant will come up fuller. Or do I just leave it and wait til next year to harvest? Thanks for your help.

Danny    Posted 01-26-2008 at 08:02:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What time of the year is best to relocate asparagas. When is a good time to start fertilizing existing bed, and whith what.

Jean C. Mayer    Posted 04-15-2009 at 20:04:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We live in Hamilton County, Texas. Our soil is black dirt, so I would like to know:

1. Would our black dirt soil be good for growing asparagus?

2. What time of year is best to plant asparagus in our area?

3. Are our summer temperatures too hot for growing asparagus?

4. What do I need to do to prepare a bed for growing asparagus?

5. I grown gardens, but never asparagus, so anything you can tell me about planting, growing, fertilizing, watering, and harvesting asparagus would be helpful.

Alden Carr    Posted 11-21-2007 at 05:32:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Mike    Posted 11-03-2007 at 17:29:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you trim the asparagas down in the fall

Cora Rychlik    Posted 09-21-2006 at 14:17:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a bed of established bed of asparagas that was planted by my husband. He is no longer able to care for it and can't relate to me how to tend it. It is now overgrown and has become a forest of fern. Am I supposed to cut this down in the fall or what???

donna in w.v    Posted 04-29-2004 at 12:34:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The raised bed suggestion is right on the money. One other suggestion,start composting. you can make on out of scrap lumber,mine is make of old pallets.a little manure and all your veggie scraps[no meat] and some shredded newspaper[no colored stuff] turn with a fork and wet it if real dry,if you rake after mowing throw that in and leaves in the fall. if you need directions on building one I'm sure someone here would help or try that thing they have some good instructions.Good luck and good eating

Tinker    Posted 04-29-2004 at 11:52:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Suzanne. I live in central Minnesota and my soil is on the sandy side.
Three years ago I made a raised bed 4 x 10 foot. I planted 10 crowns of asparagus and mulched it 4"thick with straw. The first year thin pencil width spears came up. Dont pick these. Put alot of mulch and manure (I used rabbit) on the first year. At the end of fall, cut the aspargus down to the ground and feed heavily again. These spears would now look like a feathery bush. The next year again, feed and let grow , you'll notice the spears will be thicker in width.
Now I'm on my third year and as of yesterday I have seen thick spears (size of my thumb or more) coming up and about 6 spears per plant. I will be picking these for fresh eating when they get about 8 or 10 inches tall.
I also found a package of asparagus seed and have started a flat of those in my greenhouse. They are coming up nicely. About the size of toothpicks. When it is planting time I will fill the first original bed up with these little plants to be able to have a larger picking crop three or four years down the line.
The plants I have are NOT the new asparagus thats all male. These plants I have will produce seed and will reseed itself. And I'm sure the birds will grab a few seeds and start new plants for me along the fence line. *grin*

Tinker    Posted 04-29-2004 at 11:52:24       [Reply]  [No Email]

toolman    Posted 04-29-2004 at 11:44:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
can,t answer your question but welcome neighbour , im just a little northeast of ya about a 130 miles or so. nice to see some new folks here.

Nichole Marks    Posted 11-21-2007 at 02:57:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Salmoneye    Posted 04-29-2004 at 11:10:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Asparagus will take a bit longer to establish crowns in clay, but...It seems to like it...

I have some that was here when I moved in...I do NOTHING to it and never have...seems to be semi-wild...I even mow it in the late summer as it is in a part of the lawn that I 'reclaimed' years ago from old an old hayfield...

I have been here since 83...It is still going strong in what is called 'Vergennes Clay'...

Rickey Moore    Posted 11-21-2007 at 00:42:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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E. G. HENDRICKSON    Posted 04-29-2004 at 11:01:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Suzanne, one easy way to combat poor soil is
to garden in a raised bed, and purchase your
top soil from a lawn and garden center such as
wal-mart or lowes. good luck and enjoy the country

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