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asparagus bed

Posted by anaturelover z7AL (My Page) on
Tue, May 2, 06 at 14:10

I have an asparagus bed that I put in last year and picked from this year. I need to mulch it. It's a raised bed surrounded by lanscape timbers. Can I mulch it with bark? and can I put landscape fabric underneath the bark or does the asparagus plants spread too much? thanks for any help.

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RE: asparagus bed

Use 4 to 6 inches of mulch only.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing asparagus

RE: asparagus bed

can we grow Asparagus in Alabama? and when do we grow it?

RE: asparagus bed

Landscape fabric is a bad joke. If you think you need something under the mulch, use newspaper. It will not cause a nightmare in your future. Asparagus clumps do grow, leave them some room to get bigger. The newspaper may take a couple years to fully decompose and new shoots could have trouble breaking through it next year.

RE: asparagus bed

Does asparagus need full sun all day in zone 7b or could I plant it in a spot sheltered from afternoon sun from 3:00 p.m. on?

RE: asparagus bed

Sure you can grow asparagus in Alabama. Just watch out for the asparagus beetles, they can destroy a bed in no time at all. Pick them off or, if you don't mind pesticides, sprinkle with Seven Dust. You're supposed to plant in early spring but we had some crowns that we didn't get in the ground as early as we should have so we went ahead and planted them about a month ago. We'll see how they do, especially in this heat and drought.

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