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Re: Sweetfeet..How's your Asparagus?

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John B.

06-20-2013 04:36:53
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Seetfeet when you plant the crowns of asparagus be sure to plant them a minimum of 8" deep. It will take a while for them to shoot out of the ground but they will eventually come out.

Have you ever had a soil test on your garden?




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SweetFeet

06-20-2013 04:49:51
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 Re: Sweetfeet..How's your Asparagus? in reply to John B., 06-20-2013 04:36:53  
John B.,

I thought maybe I have been planting them too deep... but probably 8-10 inches.

No, I have never had a soil test of the garden - maybe I should do that. Before it was garden it was hog or cattle pasture for a gazillion years. But maybe it is lacking in something.



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BSpauld

06-20-2013 05:11:39
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 Re: Sweetfeet..How's your Asparagus? in reply to SweetFeet, 06-20-2013 04:49:51  
I plant mine that deep but just cover the crowns, when they grow I keep covering until all the dirt is back in the hole, or in my case ,trench. I always leave a little green showing. I plowed deeper then that and put horse manure in the trench, then dirt ,then the crowns



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SweetFeet

06-20-2013 06:08:21
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 Re: Sweetfeet..How's your Asparagus? in reply to BSpauld, 06-20-2013 05:11:39  
BSpauld,
Thanks. Going to try it again. I did make a trench, put some Cosmos (?) plant food in it and planted the crowns basically in pete moss.



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JD Seller

06-20-2013 06:44:03
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 Re: Sweetfeet..How's your Asparagus? in reply to SweetFeet, 06-20-2013 06:08:21  
The peat moss maybe your trouble. It is not the best for nutrients.

I do not think you still have any livestock. So get a load of manure NOW. Put it in a pile. Add your yard waste the rest of the summer, grass clipping now and leaves in the fall. If you have a loader turn the pile once every thirty days. IF no loader, shovel time. You are just making your own compost.

Then this fall cover the garden with half of it. Leave the other half until spring. Then work your garden like normal. When planting make your trench and put some compost in the trench, not a lot just a few inches. Then take your hoe and drag it through/along the bottom of the trench a few times. Mix the compost with the dirt so it is not too hot for your plants.

This will give your plants the best of both worlds. The compost for nutrients and the dirt for their roots.

Then I put some compost around the plants as they grow and work that in with a hoe. A year or two of this and you will have a much better garden. Truthfully most pastures are short on nutrients. I would bet that you garden's soil is not that good.

If your garden is low and you can stand some additional dirt. Find a farmer that feeds round bales of hay in one spot in his pasture/lots. If he has done this for a few years that is some great dirt. It has some manure for nutrients and the left over hay for organic matter. Get a few loads and cover your garden with that dirt. You will have much better luck.

I filled some flower beds a long a new side walk that way a few years ago. I put ONE tomato plant in one of the beds. I got over fifty tomatoes off that plant the first year. The wife's cannans grew 7-8 feet tall too.

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SweetFeet

06-20-2013 15:23:39
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 Re: Sweetfeet..How's your Asparagus? in reply to JD Seller, 06-20-2013 06:44:03  
JD Seller,

Thanks. Will try to use everyone's advice: soil test, manure, planting depth... and salt if it grows.

I may have to buy "manure" bags at the greenhouse - you are right that we no longer have livestock and I really don't know anyone that has any available either. (Plus, don't want to bug anyone).



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teddy52food

06-20-2013 19:38:31
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 Re: Sweetfeet..How's your Asparagus? in reply to SweetFeet, 06-20-2013 15:23:39  
Keep the weeds down by hand for the first few years. I added salt to mine & killed it with the weeds when it was small.



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