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May 14, 2010

The asparagus is thriving in the new bed! But what kind is it?


Last year I planted a bed of asparagus. My old bed had petered out producing a stalk now and then and also self seeding itself in various places in the garden, the strawberry patch and under the grapevines. I got tired of trying to weed it. It was planted next to the fence line as I thought that was a good place for perennials since it wouldn't need tilling. However, the grass from the lawn outside the garden kept creeping in. I tried everything to stop it. I put down some old boards, the then put black plastic under the fence and everything eventually failed and the weeds moved in.

So the new bed is in a section of the garden that is going to be used for mostly perennials. I built up a bed with chicken manure and dirt from the garden that is about a foot high. Since this bed was in the midst of some spearmint, I put old roofing tin around the sides of the bed to keep the mint out. This along with some heavy weeding this spring did a good job and I put a strip of black plastic down the middle. Next time I go to town, I'll get some straw to cover the bed.

The asparagus is going strong and it's very tempting to pick some to eat, but I am restraining myself. All the information says, you need to let it go for two years before harvesting and although this asparagus looks vigorous and huge, I going to obey the instructions. This plantation I thought was Jersey Knight, but looking at the stalks, I have decided I got Purple Passion. I'm so pleased with the them whatever their name.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at May 14, 2010 10:30 AM
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