Planting Asparagus Roots in No Dig Garden


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    celiacjean
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    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.

    #47995

    charles
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    No that is not “the usual way”. Thank goodness.
    Place crowns on top, then 4in/10cm compost over them has worked well for me

    #47997

    celiacjean
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    What good news, I will definitely do it that way. Thank You.

    #48001

    Maria Mitchell
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    Hi Charles
    How deep is the compost you add to the asparagus bed in the autumn? If I add too much in the autumn, will it delay harvesting?
    Thanks!

    #48004

    charles
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    It depends what you call too much! Up to 2in/5cm is good. If soil is in good heart and the stems are strong, 1in/3cm would be enough, to feed soil life and keep growth healthy.

    #48092

    celiacjean
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    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?

    #48093

    charles
    Moderator

    I wonder too, are you aware of problems with roots freezing in Nova Scotia? If so I would straw over in autumn.

    #48148

    celiacjean
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    Not aware of roots freezing here but thought that was why they recommend planting them so deep, how much straw would you recommend for winter protection.

    #48149

    charles
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    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.

    #48151

    celiacjean
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    I just read that asparagus roots have a tendency to rise to the surface during their lifetime so maybe that is why they are planted so deep to begin with and not the winter cold as I first suspected.

    #48616

    Cherry
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    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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