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    Asparagus, Any sucess stories & How?

    Well I followed a growing guide to the letter, and in the second year all I have to show was 60 worth of sticks, just so frustrating, but I wish to give it another go , This time I am going to spoil them and wait , but if you guys have any tips
    please share

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    I grow asparagus , its a slow process getting it established, did you start by planting crowns? Its best to have a dedicated bed , do not cut any for first couple of years to let it establish , best if beds are slightly raised so free draining . keep weed free and give a good mulch early spring to keep weeds down and feed the soil .
    I am going to try growing from seed , which will be even slower , I have the seeds to sow next month , the crowns are very expensive , and dont respond brilliantly to being moved transplanted.
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    We've used a raised bed for our asparagus for a few years now, They just keep on coming back each year.
    We planted them as crowns but I think as the season was ended so they were not expensive.
    I love the way I don't have to do anything with them , Just weed them out a little and put some new top soil on each year when its running a little low.

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    Got an asparagus bed in the 3rd year now. Had a few nice spears last year but still getting established. Needs a raised bed all to itself, good drainage and lots of manure over the winter.
    Has anyone got any advice on managing asparagus beetle? I get lots of them and the only way of controlling them that I know is to squash the bastards which takes a long time when there are about 50 on the plants.


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    My old man made a bed about 20' x 3' raised about 6" and cropped well every year. The spears were purplish and quite thick compared to supermarket ones and I've not had anything that good since. Two favourites, asparagus and the core of broccoli heads.
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