New asparagus bed

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My asparagus are still mostly green. Wondering if I should cut them down to ground level now? Thoughts?
 

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My asparagus are still mostly green. Wondering if I should cut them down to ground level now? Thoughts?
Normally you leave the ferns at least until they yellow off so they get as much energy for the next growing season.
 

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But is there a limit to how late we can do that? We are now in July so winter only has two months at best here in SW Brisbane.
 

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But is there a limit to how late we can do that? We are now in July so winter only has two months at best here in SW Brisbane.
If you need to cut them down and top dress with composted manure then do it. The wether is a bit off everywhere I'm in tassie the middle of winter and I have spears coming up now not that I'm complaining but they don't normally start for another 6 to 8 weeks.
 

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I’ve still got a few thin green ferns coming up. Seems to be from the colossal type seeds I planted this year rather than the crowns. I’m sure they will die off now I’ve cleared the insulating dead ferns.
Things are a bit strange this year. I’ve got chilli seedlings coming up and plants still producing. And capsicum too.
As to planting over the asparagus bed I have heard about mushrooms being possible in winter by some method. I need to find out more but if it’s true that solves everything!
 

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I’ve still got a few thin green ferns coming up. Seems to be from the colossal type seeds I planted this year rather than the crowns. I’m sure they will die off now I’ve cleared the insulating dead ferns.
Things are a bit strange this year. I’ve got chilli seedlings coming up and plants still producing. And capsicum too.
As to planting over the asparagus bed I have heard about mushrooms being possible in winter by some method. I need to find out more but if it’s true that solves everything!
Yes you could put oyster mushrooms in 100mm of cane mulch mix some grain spore in keep it moist wait maybe 6 to 8 weeks and then beat the slugs and snails to them lol
 

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Why didn’t I know this before!? Perfect match. I prefer the ****ake but oyster the second favourite! S*itakeseems to be censored but you know what I mean
 

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Why didn’t I know this before!? Perfect match. I prefer the ****ake but oyster the second favourite! S*itakeseems to be censored but you know what I mean
We've got to keep the forum clean after all! All agegroups can enter this forum and we'd rather show at least a little bit of a good example ;)
 
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Well, I have been out of the garden for a little while and got back there again these past few days. Surprise to me, the asparagus has finally "died off" so I cut them off low and will get some cow manure.
 

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Well, I have been out of the garden for a little while and got back there again these past few days. Surprise to me, the asparagus has finally "died off" so I cut them off low and will get some cow manure.
Funny anough I already have asparagus shoots coming up normally it doesn't for another month or so the seasons seem a bit off have noticed this the last couple of year a few out of season things like fruit trees flowering mid winter
 
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I'm going to add a few extra crowns to our asparagus bed in the next few days just to pump up the future harvests. I did use half a raised bed for ginger and other crops but I'm thinking why not dedicate more to asparagus - it's such a wonderful and long-lived backyard vegggie to grow.
 

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I have purchased another two crowns to go either side of the existing one. I am not a big fan of asparagus but my bride loves it... so, I grow it. ;)
 

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I’ve done 1/2 crowns and 1/2 seeds so I can have different varieties that are harder to find crowns for and also save money. I’ve got the usual Mary Washington, purple, connors colossal and argenteuil. I was supprises how fast the seeds established and the size of the crowns even after one season.

my apspargus died of for only a few weeks this year and now the Kathy Washington’s are fully growing from late august.
 
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