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Growing Asparagus

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19 Oct 17 Samantha (Australia - temperate climate)
We have just moved to a little old (ish) cottage in Maldon Victoria and to my delight have just discovered asparagus growing in the back yard. It is not in a "garden bed" as such, but obiously once was. Grass has grown as lawn all around it and spears are popping up left right and centre. How do I encourage and look after it at this late stage (mid October)?
19 Oct 17 Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Lucky you!!! To an area about 1 & 1/2-2' around all the plants and between the plants give it a good watering. Next day pull all the weeds out. If you can, buy some horse or cow manure or compost and place about 3" thick over the top of it all. If the weeds are a real problem over the summer I would suggest during next winter when the asparagus ferns all die down, transplant the crowns into a nice prepared garden bed - then about August Sept each year put a 4-6" layer of aged manure or compost on them.
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