New asparagus bed

Davidwood1983

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Got to be a good day when you start a new asparagus bed. Half crowns half seed to go in in a few weeks, so will take a good while but I hope to still be harvesting in 20 years!
 

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Robbie

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I waited 3 years before i cut my first asparagus spears but well worth it they have been growing strong and producing heaps. Just need to leave a few to go to fern and top dress with compost and manure every year
 

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You are going to love growing this !

We bought 2 year old crowns, half purple half green, this is our 3rd summer in the ground. I can't believe how sweet these taste !

Happy gardening,
P J, the Dirt Diva
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DTK

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We have one asparagus plant, so far. I bought a crown about three years ago and planted it in a big pot. This winter I cut it back and moved it to a corner spot in my vegetable cage. The old shoots died off and I thought I had killed it but recently new shoots emerged. They have grown rapidly but I have not attempted to harvest any - just letting the plant establish. I am not keen on asparagus but my wife loves it so I want to grow it more and more. Happy wife, happy life. I am keen to read more on asparagus.
 

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We have one asparagus plant, so far. I bought a crown about three years ago and planted it in a big pot. This winter I cut it back and moved it to a corner spot in my vegetable cage. The old shoots died off and I thought I had killed it but recently new shoots emerged. They have grown rapidly but I have not attempted to harvest any - just letting the plant establish. I am not keen on asparagus but my wife loves it so I want to grow it more and more. Happy wife, happy life. I am keen to read more on asparagus.
Hi and yes I am keen to get some asparagus going as well. I have a rock wall That’s is about 400mm wide that’s up against a fence. Wondering what the minimum depth of soil I would need to build to get asparagus going in this spot?
Cheers..Paul
 
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Hi and yes I am keen to get some asparagus going as well. I have a rock wall That’s is about 400mm wide that’s up against a fence. Wondering what the minimum depth of soil I would need to build to get asparagus going in this spot?
Cheers..Paul
I don’t know the minimum but I know asparagus can easily get down 1m. I put much more compost in the bed because of this.
 

Justin M

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What does everybody plant in with their asparagus? I have 10 asparagus seedlings and depending on what ideas I get on growing partners will determine where I set up the beds.
 
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Davidwood1983

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I’ve got potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes in the other bed half. Not sure if this is a good idea. Would be interested in inter-planting recommendations.
 

DivingTemptress

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I tried strawberries in front the 1st year they didn't like it there, mint also - they didn't get enough water and died. So now I use mulch to suppress weeds and am thinking onions in front

P J, the Dirt Diva
 

Justin M

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I’ve got potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes in the other bed half. Not sure if this is a good idea. Would be interested in inter-planting recommendations.

I think your right, these might not be best due to root disturbance when harvesting.
 
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It’s 50:50 and seperate and the plan is to only use this for the first season and then have 100% asparagus. Now we are in winter most of the asparagus has died off, what can I plant there?
 
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I just cut the ferns down when they yellow off and top dress with old chicken and sheep manure and a little blood and bone then cover with cane mulch. I've heard that they don't compete well with other plant? but i only have a metre by 3 metre bed just for the asparagus.
 
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Yes they are over wintering well with their own mulch plus sugarcane but I wondered if I could use this bed over winter at all. I have about the same size bed, it’s just a shame to not use it in the winter months.
 

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My asparagus plant is still mostly green...I am just waiting for them to die off and I will feed and mulch them. The plant has 'its own corner' in the vegie cage. I have two more young plants to put in - I guess in the spring. My original plant was in a pot for a couple/few years and the roots were maybe 500mm when I transplanted it but I have heard they will go down up to a metre in the garden bed.
 
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