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Asparagus is not as difficult as you’ve been told that it is to grow. It tends to propagate itself quite easily and to spread rapidly, to keep your crop coming year after year.
How much you plant will depend on how many people you know who will be eating it and more if you’re going to can it.
You will want to put in about 25 asparagus roots for each family member, and allow about 25 feet of row space for ever twelve plants.

Your rows should be about 5 feet apart. If you can’t plant immediately make sure to keep the roots covered with damp sand or a damp cloth.

Make sure that the roots you are going to plant are properly disinfected, and if they are not, they will require a bleach bath, or a soaking for about 15 minutes in a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts of water.

To prevent crown growth you will want to give them a good wash prior to planting.

Plant each root about eight inches deep, just enough that your crowns are covered with soil by about an inch or two. Place them just about 18 inches apart in the rows that you plant.

Properly planted, asparagus beds will proliferate and yield a good harvest for about twenty years, if you make sure that the soil is rich in organic matter.

In spite of what you may have heard, there is no reason to wait until the second or third year to pick your asparagus.

The initial harvest period will be about 2 or 3 weeks and you will add another week each year until you will have a 4 to 6 week harvest time.

Whatever the time period of the harvest, stop picking when the spears go down to about the diameter of a pencil.

Cut off tops in the fall to prevent pests from overwintering. The ferns will become yellow gold and are perfect for flower arrangements as well.


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