Love the idea of no dig gardening, yet to start but planning on doing so very soon. Been wondering how you plant asparagus roots in a no dig garden? The usual way of planting in soil is to dig down very deep at least a foot and place the roots and fill in hole gradually as the plant grows.
Charles, when I mentioned digging down a foot to plant the asparagus roots, I should have mentioned that I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and wonder if the method that you mention for planting asparagus would still apply?
Maybe then the winter cold is not a problem, I was guessing from what you said about a foot deep, and wonder if it’s another myth.
One foot down there is much less life and activity in soil than say 3-6in.
I hope it is OK to join in this discussion as it is about mulching asparagus 🙂 I have an established bed with 3 year old asparagus which I moderately harvested this year. It was dug in, before I found out about ‘noDig’ method. Quite a few weeds are coming through though, including horsetail, but I am pulling them out or hoe lightly. I mulched last autumn with some compost but this year I acquired some well rotted horse manure which is quite wet atm. Would you advice to mulch with that after I cut the ferns off? would it be OK for the asparagus crowns should I keep the stems away from the manure? Thank you!
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