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Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Probably the best vegetable in the world and what other vegetable can you eat with your fingers when dining with the Queen?

They're undoubtedly a significant investment in terms of the cost of the crowns, the preparation of the bed and the wait for your first crop but it's well worth it and you should then be set up for twenty years.

Can be grown from seed or crowns but crowns are more popular as they reduce the wait for the first harvest. It may be tempting to plant two- or even three-year-old crowns but these can be less reliable.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyprefer
Lightok
Loamyok
Heavyok
pH6.5 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingprefer
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Seed

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 15cm
Between rows: 30cm


plant plant

Between plants: 45cm
Between rows: 90cm

At the bottom of a 20cm deep 30cm wide trench, make a ridge 7.5cm high. Place the crowns on the top and spread the roots out down sides of the ridge. Cover with 5cm of soil and then gradually fill the trench by the autumn as the plants grow.


harvest harvest

In the second year after planting (i.e not in the year of planting or the year after that) cut the spears when they are about 10-12.5 cm. Cut about 7.5 cm below ground with a serrated knife. In the third year harvest for only six weeks but harvest for the full eight weeks in the fourth year and for the next 10-20 years.


Crowns

plant plant

Between plants: 45cm
Between rows: 90cm

At the bottom of a 20cm deep 30cm wide trench,make a ridge 7.5cm high. Place the crowns on the top and spread the roots out down sides of the ridge. Cover with 5cm of soil and then gradually fill the trench by the autumn as the plants grow.


harvest harvest

In the second year after planting (i.e not in the year of planting or the year after that) cut the spears when they are about 10-12.5 cm. Cut about 7.5 cm below ground with a serrated knife. In the third year harvest for only six weeks but harvest for the full eight weeks in the fourth year and for the next 10-20 years.


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