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If you planted asparagus this year, you would normally have to wait 3 years before you could harvest it, but there is a way that you can plant and harvest the same season. Instead of planting the asparagus the usual 12 inch deep, try planting it with the crowns 5 or 6 inches deep. I'm gonna give it a try.
By Joy from Fairview Heights, IL
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Why does asparagus come up right at first in hard tiny spindles and fern out without making any eatable sprouts? Does it harm the asparagus to cut down the fern at any time, especially the hard stems before mentioned? What is the difference in male and female plants? Why do some say to pull out the female plants? Can asparagus be too thickly planted?
How thickly did you plant it, and how deep? Also, how long ago? Ideally, it should not be harvested for the first 2 years after planting. (Wait until its 3rd growing season.) It should be planted at least a foot deep, deeper if possible. Roots should not be planted any closer together than about a foot. Sometimes you will get plants closer together because the plant has seeded and you get shallow plants among the "good" ones. You can easily pull these, and they will be spindly at first, and easy to spot. A good mulch will help minimize this.
How can I get asparagus to grow from root plantings? I plant them, according to instructions, but to no avail. I look in the dirt a year later and I find nothing there. I have asparagus growing at the other end of the garden, but I would like to expand.
This is a page about extending your asparagus harvest. With a few simple strategies you can stagger and extend the length of your asparagus harvest.
This page is about harvesting asparagus. Knowing when its best to cut your asparagus takes some experience.