Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Planting Asparagus アスパラの植え方

 We decided we didn't have enough asparagus (can one ever have enough asparagus??), so we ordered more crowns from Territorial Seed this year. They arrived last Friday, and we spent Saturday morning at my cousin's house, getting the bed ready and planting the crowns.


This first photo is what asparagus crowns look like.  They have very long roots! 

 First, dig a trench about 6-10 inches (15-20 cm) deep.  Take a crown and spread the roots out.


Leave 12-14 inches (25-30 cm) between the crowns. I know my handspan is 7 inches (15 cm), so it's easy to measure.
Cover the crowns and roots with only 2 inches (5cm) of soil and water well. Do not add fertilizer or compost!  As the asparagus grows, keep adding soil to the ditch until the soil is even.  Then top with well-aged compost.

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