Asparagus

maplerbirch(4)September 12, 2011

I was just out in the garden, soaking things down before the cold weather moves in and I was looking at how densely populated my asparagus was and how the strong thick stems are still standing straight and tall.

I know that they must be at a good depth and enough organic food was added this year. So I was wondering if I should topdress with some soil to keep a good depth?

Also I was wondering if anyone covers the bed with a mulch that will decay under the snow and feed the soil when it warms in the spring?

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Since Asparagus likes to grow in soils that are good and healthy and drain well I would look at what I have and add compost or other forms of organic matter rather then more soil. With the very well draining sand I have a good mulch over the winter seems to help hold some moisture the next growing season that would otherwise drain away before any plants could utilize it, but I might not do that if I had a not too well draining clay soil.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 6:20AM
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alphonse(6)

"Also I was wondering if anyone covers the bed with a mulch that will decay under the snow and feed the soil when it warms in the spring?"

I cover the bed with straight horse manure after the stems brown, preferably removing them first.

In the spring when they start to break through I dust with corn gluten meal.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 6:51AM
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maplerbirch(4)

Thanks for the helpful ideas, I think I know exactly what to do.
It is the best bed I've ever done and I didn't want to lose it. :)

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 9:24AM
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SoTX(8b/9a)

I mulch with whatever I have even though snow is a rarity here. Also, every other year or so, I salt it with rock salt (never table salt). Asparagus also does well with a clover livingmulch.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 6:14AM
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maplerbirch(4)

I would think that the root mass of the clover would eventually create problems for the stems coming up from underneath. This doesn't reduce the number of stems over time?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 9:13AM
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alphonse(6)

Maplerbirch, I share your thinking there. But, if the 'gus is in a rich environ, deep planted as per usual, there could be a coexistence.
A good 'gus patch can yield for twenty years but not with competition, including female starts. Seems the clover would become that.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 5:22AM
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maplerbirch(4)

We do have a lot of roadside 'gus, that is under a tangle of quackgrass roots, so maybe?
Then I wonder if the roadside stuff would do better without the quack competition.
The clover is an interestting thought. Thanks for the idea.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 8:14AM
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Vlad123

Wow some really helpful solutions here. As long as u have ample sun and just the right amount of water - you should be fine :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Organic Direct

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 2:41PM
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SoTX(8b/9a)

Never had a problem with the clover--I like to use one of the pink clovers cuz it not only adds nitrogen, but sure does look pretty. Any of the clovers will work, but you may want to use subterranean clover if you're worried about the asparagus coming through. It dies back making mulch, then reseeds, etc. I seeded pink clover in my asparagus yesterday.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 5:04AM
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