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How I Grow My Asparagus

  • Now is the time of year when one gets a little bit excited about what seed one is going to grow and especially the new varieties that have been developed although a lot of the new varieties are just older varieties rehashed under another name what I normally do in the Winter months is browse the web to see what new vegatables are available and there are many now with the internet one can buy seeds from all over the world one of my favourite vegtatables to grow is Asparagas I have three beds on my allotment of purchased crowns from various suppliers I am starting to be impressed with the purple varieties as you can eat these varieties raw and they are stringless unlike the green varietys but saying that I have the green varietys growing on my allotment as well they were all planted in different months the oldest bed was planted in May 2017 I have just sown the seed of Asparagus for this years growing program I have just sown Mary Washington a very old variety that many of the new strains are based on the main one is Asparagus Uc 72 F1 and the most popular variety grown in the world another very old purple variety is Asparagus Precoce d'Argenteuil this variety was grown in a village just outside of Paris and is a purple variety which most of the varietys of purple Asparagus are bred from

I grow a wide range of garden produce fruit trees,exotics,vegatables,flowers,cacti,root crops, grapevines and not forgetting my favourite ASPARAGUS which I have been growing for decades but with not very good results I would have loved one of those asparagus beds that lasts for years in Season 2017 I decided to give growing asparagus one last chance I decided to buy crowns from a few online garden websites I planted the asparagus crowns not as the experts recommend in trenches with a raised area in the middle of the trench draping the roots of the crown downwards instead I decided to just dig a hole I made sure the roots of the crown were not all tangled up I then added sharp sand and compost into the hole I then placed the crown into the hole and covered it with soil

The way I planted the asparagus crowns went against all the advice the gardening experts had given but I thought let's try another way to grow asparagus crowns I did not have much hope of my way planting the crowns to be very successful I forgot about the asparagus and just got on with the normal maintenance and growing on the allotment In March as I was weeding the cabbage plot I just happened to look at the oldest asparagus bed and I could not believe what I saw tiny asparagus shoots coming out of  the soil I checked and very gently started to prope the crowns and yes there was tiny shoots appearing I was excited so I went and searched the web for hints on growing asparagus and the general advice was as the asparagus shoots appeared was to apply a good fertilizer which I did

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This image shows the ferns of the asparagus turning brown and are ready to be cut down to the base of the crown the goodness from the ferns has been absorbed back into the crown

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This slide shows the vegetables that I have left on the soil to rot into compost to manure the plot

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This slide shows the asparagus ferns as they are dying off ready to be removed to the compost bin

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In the background of the asparagus, fens are a variety of kale called Emerald Ice a very hardy variety

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It was a very cold winters morning when I took these images

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The asparagus bed is coming up to be four years old and can now be harvested fully

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The greenhouse where I grow the tomatoes and peppers is in the background

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This slider shows asparagus bed one which was first planted in 2017 with my new method of planting the asparagus crowns, which was literally digging holes for the crowns and putting them in and surprisingly worked, I started cutting the spears in 2020 and this year the asparagus bed has yielded many more spears, the only thing as this was an experiment I didn't record what asparagus varieties I planted, needless to say, the other new asparagus beds are well documented with the asparagus varieties planted 

 

 

 

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