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Growing Asparagus

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Asparagus in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Easy to grow. Plant as crowns. Best planted at soil temperatures between 61°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 16 inches apart
  • Harvest in 2-3 years. Plant 'crowns' to harvest earlier .
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Parsley, Basil, Nasturtiums, Lettuce
  • Avoid growing close to: Garlic, Onions, and root vegetables

Your comments and tips

08 Nov 09, Peter (Australia - tropical climate)
Has Michelle 09/09 received any tips?
15 Nov 09, patricia (Australia - tropical climate)
michelle - i hear from seeds it takes two years. Theres Maryann's hobby nursery in woodroffe that sells them from crown and says they go good. i hadnt heard of asparagus in darwin but will see how it goes.
16 Jan 10, meg (Australia - tropical climate)
neighbour in babinda grows asparagus. bunnings cairns had crowns recently. i am having a go .
27 Jan 10, Evelyn (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Our asparagus did not go so well after four years - we found out too late that we had mainly female plants which don't get very fat, nor had we really manured the soil enough I think so probably a bit nutrient deficient as well. I gave in and bought some asparagus plants from Diggers this year - a variety called Fat Bastard (sorry but that is its name). Has anyone tried this variety and how did you find it?
30 Jan 10, warren (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Evelyn I haven't tried the fat bastard variety but I have Mary Washington in at present. Grew these plants from seed and it has taken 5 years for my first really good crop although I could have picked after 3 years I didn't and the wait has been worthwhile.. The secret is to use plenty of manure- I have found sheep and cow manure is great and I dig in a few bags in early winter so it rots down well before spring. Also plenty of water in summer so the crowns don't get dry.
31 Jan 10, Evelyn (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Thanks warren. I still have the old Mary Washingtons so may replant them into some really good compost and keep the manure up. Interesting that it took four years - may have to wait and see how they go with some TLC.
28 Feb 10, Teresa (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
We planted our asparagus crown in an old tyre will this make a difference to how it grows?
06 Apr 10, bec (Australia - temperate climate)
Does anyone grow asparagus around Toowoomba QLD area, I'd like to know where I can buy crowns, I know they grow asparagus down around Warwick? Will horse manure work.
31 May 13, karen (Australia - temperate climate)
have you had a reply to your question?? as I also would like to buy some crowns, and could do with some tips on growing them down the range.
22 Apr 10, Chris (Australia - tropical climate)
bec, horse manure is notorious for containing lots of seeds which will sprout and grow if used in a garden. It's a great way to introduce weeds - I write from bitter experience! It needs to be thoroughly composted so the heat destroys the seeds before applying.
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