Saturday, July 28, 2012

Weekend Planting (asparagus crowns)

While the air was still crisp we pulled on our gumboots and buttoned up our woollens, the time had come for us to plant our asparagus crowns.

We'd spent a week or so discussing the perfect location, researching companion plants and root disruption and waiting for the soil in our new garden beds to settle.

Asparagus likes rich well drained soil and once planted will provide a crop during the warmer months for about twenty years. That means we'll be eating oodles of fresh asparagus until our kids leave home (oh no, i don't want my kids to leave home). We bought second year crowns which means we should get a light harvest this year and a smoking hot harvest every year after.

 To plant asparagus crowns you make a little mound at the bottom of a trench (i've read varying opinions- from 25 to 75cm deep). Sit the roots of the crown on top of the mound and let it's little tentacles dangle down at a 45 degree angle. Plant about 40cm apart. 


Best part, if you're in an apartment or are strapped for space, you can plant a couple of asparagus crowns into a big pot! Winner!


If you'd like to know more, watch this seriously dorky video.*


Do we even say 'video' any more?


Same day last year (i can't believe how much my kids have grown)

15 comments:

  1. Oh yay!!!
    Asparagus is on my list now! Also sweet potato is getting a good wrap lately!?
    ox

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  2. Have to try to plant them here!

    xx

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  3. Beware of where you plant asparagus - I moved into a house that had it EVERYWHERE and it took me forever to get it back under control to a somewhat normal sized plot. Tough stuff.

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    1. oh cool Emma! thanks for the tip! We've got it in a couple of framed planter beds so i think we should be safe!

      xo em

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  4. Just last night we had asparagus in our stir fry and we were talking about planting some in our new veggie boxes - now I am sold - I mean, how delicious is it!!!

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  5. I say video all the time. Old habits die hard I guess :) I tried planting asparagus last year, but they sadly never came up. I suspect I didn't water them enough and maybe didn't add enough compost. But I will try again this year. Good luck with yours!

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  6. 20 years of crop? I had no idea- and I would venture to say i make an ok gardener- who knew? kami from thebluekazoo.blogspot.com

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  7. I've wanted to plant asparagus for years but for some reason have been intimidated by them (20 years of consistency might be it :)Thanks for inspiring me to get over it and plant! So it's spring right now for you then? (I'm in America)....I love the beds near the concrete stone path!

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  8. It doesn't look like much YET...but I bet it will be awesome! We have some friends who got some last year. I think we're going to get some, I ♥ asparagus!!!

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  9. Great photos Em! Look at you guys go, asparagus is a great idea, look forward to seeing it's progress xo

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  10. well that will be a yummy harvest. asparagus always seems so fancy to me. i think mum bought a tin of it once when we were kids and put it on a plate with pickled onions, cheese and jatz for card night. as a grown up, i looove it. fresh though, and minus the pickled onions. ;)

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  11. Thanks for the tips em! I don't have a lot of space that is shade free, so knowig the work in a pot makes it a winner. It's not a pleasant thought thinking of your kids being all grown up - is it?! Hey, where did you source your crowns from?

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  12. So inspired by your vege plots! I planted herbs on the weekend ... it's a start. Also, with your organic eating plan / challenge? I bought local this week. A whole box of local fruit and veges for $17.80. I was impressed!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em