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David Smith

Asparagus Bed

I'm going to give the things that went wrong last year another go round, as the weather was so poor. Even worse, I was in the local Garden Centre getting some weed-suppressing membrane to stick under the gooseberries and they (some time back, sorry!) were knocking off all the Vegetable Seeds at 50p a packet. So I have even more to try out!

Biggest new thing is the Asparagus Bed, which won't have anything to harvest until next year (a few), but has taken a bit of work. I'll see if I can stick up a before and a "current"... I've buried 6 black plastic sacks of finest Jousting Pony Pooh and 7 barrowloads of Horse Ordinaire so far...

Still not ordered the Asparagus - thinking Backlim and Gynlim from http://www.agradeasparagus.co.uk/

Best wishes
David

David Smith

Bugger - this was supposed to be a reply in "New Season"....

Don't get any more technically gifted, do I?

Best wishes
David
sod

Join the club   great to see what you are doing I have often thought about planting asparagus.
Digindeep

Great start David.
Have you dug in plenty of compost or manure ? They are greedy beggers.
Grew mine from seed a good few years back, Martha Washington, Transplanted them into their new bed early last season. They took well, but didn't harvest any, hopefully I may be able to do so this season.
The main thing is, I've found is to keep the bed weed free.Turn over the soil carefully at the end of the season and plenty of manure topping. They don't like their root system disturbed.
Other than that well worth the little attention they need.
Best of luck  
David Smith

Well, 50 crowns were duly delivered by courier from agradeasparagus, 25 each of Backlimn and Gynjlimnn (?) and planted on the 19th April.

I planted the 24 best looking (!!) of each, and crossed the fingers.

Now we have spears turning into ferns, and every crown has produced - although two or three are a bit on the weedy side as yet, but that may just be they need a few weeks to catch up. So far so good, and I have managed to keep my greedy fingers off them :-)

Best wishes
David

sod

Great news maybe I better get on and prepare a bed now I've seen yours looking great.
Dd how about a photo of yours too please?
confused

Hope it goes well for you , mines is a disaster , 3 years it's been planted and it's still rubbish, next year is it's last chance  
David Smith

It's a first for me - as is so much of this veg growing lark! - but I did try and get some "research" under the belt before stating out, since it is a relatively long-term project.

Couldn't believe the variation in price of one-year old crowns. Fingers crossed with the ones I went for, best price at 37.50 for 50 delivered.

If the key is preparation I put the work in, along with the horse manure! - Very much doubt I got all of the blessed Couch Grass and Bindweed out, but I did try. As yet I'm a bit cautious on the weeding using a proper hoe, so I'm using a short-handled onion hoe and being extra careful.

Next job will be to provide a bit of support to the ferns to limit wind-damage and root-rock.

Best wishes
David


Digindeep

I notice, as mine have now gone, some are spindly, very tall. These will soon go to seed and flower, therefore will self seed, Grow and you will not be able to distinguish them from the original root stock. These will not be as tasty and what they call mongrels.
What I am now doing is cut them well back, as though you are cutting a short crop to eat.
Also thin spears indicate, weak plants that have been cut too serverely in previous years or not fed sufficiently.

Mine I am cutting back and will be adding a lot of extra manure/feed later in the season.
Short stocky spears I'm letting grow, unless they too become lenghy .
As I understand it the short stocky ones are the male and those that turn flowery are the female and they will just produce and produce more.

Hope that helps, best wishes, DD....looking bally great mate, credit to you
LadySlip

At last At last..................I now have an asparagus bed woop woop  

friend brought us 18 tons of topsoil and I ordered the crowns....Gijnlim and Guelph Millenium which I think are both male only hybrids.....and now I have the makings of a much awaited asparagus bed  
David Smith

Put some twine around the growing almost-ferns to provide a bit of help in the wind...

Best wishes
David
Digindeep

Looking good David

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