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Old 03-22-2007, 05:13 PM   #31
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Beth, if you can get ahold of some good manure, side dress your asparagus with it next fall. I'm not talking the bagged stuff from the garden center...you need the real thing.
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:03 PM   #32
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YT I used sea weed elixer on my tomatoes last year WOW what a difference.We have wild asparagus thats in the irrigation ditches here but I have yet tried to look for it also growswild in Colorado.By the way I know the Germans eat only white asparagus as opposed to green how do the rest of you europeans have it?
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:25 PM   #33
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Old 03-23-2007, 07:23 AM   #34
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Beth, if you can get ahold of some good manure, side dress your asparagus with it next fall. I'm not talking the bagged stuff from the garden center...you need the real thing.
Connie, are you saying I need more than the bedding we use? We try to put the "juicy" stuff between the plants, the bedding is from where the goats hang out in the barn. Some of the bedding is just hay, but some of it has a lot of manure and moisture and we use the wet stuff for the asparagus.
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Old 03-23-2007, 07:39 AM   #35
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we get our manure delivered by the local stables, they would have to pay to get it dumped otherwise, so we help mutualy :)
we leave ours to stand for a good year before using it though, it reduces in size by a good 70% and gets quite Hot too (seen a few fires!), but that`s the best stuff to use we have found, the heat not only kills any pathogens, but unlocks much of the Nitrogen too and makes it easier to handle.
if you know of any large breweries, see if you can get hold of the used hops too :)

IIRC, asparagus is a seaside plant originaly and was brought over (to the UK) by the Romans, that helps explains it`s resistance to salt and love of seaweed :)
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Old 03-23-2007, 07:47 AM   #36
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Well, this has been a fascinating thread for me as I've been debating whether to try and grow asparagus. And if I do, should I grow from seed or just buy crowns.

YT, did you have much difficulty starting the seed off? Did it need any special care?

And Beth, you have a lot of plants. There are just two of us, though doubtless home-grown asparagus might persuade the hordes to turn up. I presume three or four plants might be enough just for us, or is that optimistic and the more the merrier?
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Old 03-23-2007, 07:58 AM   #37
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In the US asparagus is sold by 25's. I do crowns because you get a crop quicker but it is noticeably more expensive to buy crowns than seeds. There are only two of us also and we raise 75 or 100 plants. Each crown sends up a spear a couple times a week. I am afraid 4 plants would never produce a mess to eat. ANd as I said, the fewest crowns you can buy is 25. And connie was correct is saying to store the spears in a container of water in the fridge, just like flowers!
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special care yes and no, it`s important to put the seeds in warm water, and let them soak for a good 24 hours, then wrap them up in a wet cloth and take to your plant pots and plant as usual, it`s a good idea to plant a few more than you need.
they`ll start to come up after a week or so, and look exactly like Mini asparagus :)
don`t let them dry out ever, when they look strong enough, plant them out where you intend to have them grow, and then cover with pea netting to keep the birds out.
any losses due to predators, you`ll be glad you planted a little extra :)
some start them off in nursery bed and move them to final position some 2+ years later, don`t bother, plant where you want them from the start :)
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:17 AM   #39
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Thanks for the help Beth and YT.
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