Asparagus in wet Willamette Valley?
I received an order of asparagus from Nourse Farms a week ago on April 8th and planted it in beds I had prepared. I ordered Millennium and Jersey Supreme. Since that date those beds have been pounded by heavy rain every day. I expect this sort of weather every winter and spring. I'm wondering how the asparagus will cope with this.
My soil drains quite reasonably and there is never any standing water. This soil I can best describe as a heavy, sandy loam. I planted the asparagus an inch or two above ground level and will later add more soil and compost and mound it up to 6 inches above ground level. In effect, a raised bed. But it will still get quite wet down there, albeit well drained.
The question is, can I expect them to survive our seasonal rains?
How is your asparagus doing?
What can I do to help them not drown?
Cover the beds with plastic?