Preparation of the ground and planting are the keys to successful Asparagus growing. I spent most of Saturday digging over the area to be used removing weeds and stones as I went. Asparagus usually fare better in sandy well drained soil, in a sunny sheltered area and do not like waterlogged ground. I chose the best draining area of ground, on N1 Plot, for their bed. The soil was already fed with well rotted compost. On completion of the digging the soil was raked level and a few more stones removed. Trenches approximately 8 inches (20cm) deep were dug to which was added a mound of compost along the central length of the trenches. The Asparagus roots were spread out and each crown placed on top of the mounded compost, spacing them at about 12 inches (30cm) apart. The crowns were then covered with soil and more compost was added on top of the soil. I was dubious about planting the crowns this early in the year into damp, cold, ground but despite the recent wet weather the soil at the top end of my plots has been workable for a while now. Crowns are normally planted in Spring or Autumn into warmer soil.
|Asparagus Planting 12/Jan/2014 (1st Row)|
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