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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. What is the best way to plant two-year old Asparagus crowns?

A. Make some compost tea by placing compost in a bucket, fill with water and soak the crowns in the tea for 20 minutes. Spread a good layer of compost on a weeded, well-fertilized bed. Dig a trench with a spade 8 inches deep, 12 inches wide and make little mounds in the middle, like anthills, 18 inches apart along the length of the trench.

Take the soaked asparagus crowns and place each one on a mound, with the small nubs on the top of the crowns facing up. These will sprout into the spears. Spread the roots over the mounds and top with 2 to 3 inches of soil mixed with the compost. After 2 weeks add another 1 to 2 inches of soil and do this periodically to create a small mound above the surface as the soil settles. After a year, harvest the spears for two weeks. After two years harvest for a month and so on until you are harvesting for 8 weeks.

Happy harvesting.

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