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How to Plant Asparagus

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Overview

Asparagus is a good warm weather addition to anyone's garden that will be up and producing for you in a relatively short amount of time, and which can be come back to year after year with a minimal amount of effort and fuss. There are a few easy tips and suggestions that will get you started growing asparagus plants in next to no time.

Step 1

Choose a site for your asparagus plants. As any gardener will tell you, location is everything. Look for a location with full sunlight exposure and a soil pH level of roughly 6.5 to 7.0 for best plant performance.

Step 2

Purchase asparagus crowns at a nursery. These crowns should already have an established root system and a solid yet dormant top growth.

Step 3

Determine what time of year is best for planting based on your regional weather patterns. If you live in a warm area of the country, it is best to plant the asparagus crowns in the late winter. If you live in a cooler climate, plant the crowns in the early spring.

Step 4

Dig one or more V-shaped furrows to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. The number of furrows will depend on how many asparagus crowns you wish to plant.

Step 5

Line each of these furrows with a mixture of wood ashes, bonemeal and compost. This layer of mixture should be approximately an inch deep.

Step 6

Soak the asparagus crowns in a compost tea for approximately 15 minutes. Place the soaked crowns on their sides in the dug furrows, allowing between 10 and 16 inches of space between each crown.

Step 7

Wait for shoots to begin to emerge from the asparagus crowns before beginning to fill the furrows. Do not cover any of the fresh foliage. Continue this process until the furrow is once again level with the surrounding soil and the asparagus foliage is sticking out of the ground.

Step 8

Place mulch around the filled-in furrows in order to cut down on weed growth. Weed the rows thoroughly on a regular basis to keep the competition of the asparagus plants to a minimum.

Step 9

Place fertilizer along the sides of the furrows during the late summer months, and water only if rainfall has been scarce.

Things You'll Need

  • Asparagus crowns
  • Wood ash
  • Bone meal
  • Compost
  • Compost tea
  • Fertilizer
  • Garden shovel
  • Garden trowels
  • Mulch

References

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  • Growing Asparagus
Keywords: asparagus, growing asparagus, asparagus gardening

About this Author

Lucinda Gunnin is a trained and experienced print reporter with almost two decades of experience in the media business. She holds a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield and undergraduate degrees from Adams State College in Colorado. Gunnin has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines and has her fiction published in the anthology "Elements of the Soul."