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Post  GWN on 5/28/2012, 7:41 pm

This is my first year to see my asparagus come up... well I have planted it many times but moved before I could see it a second year, so this is my first second year.
Last year I planted several second year crowns as well as several first year plants that I had started from seed in january.
They started coming up about a month ago, and now it seems that there are many more coming up than I remember planting.
(not the greatest book keeper) but, could all the ones coming up now be volunteers from the ferns last year? If so GREAT>>>
And now my story.
30 feet from my garden, in the wilder part of my property, I have found several wild asparagus plants. I saw them last summer and thought wow they sure look like asparagus, but did not know that they grew wild here, so now I know that they ARE asparagus.
Isn't THAT serendipidy. rahrah rahrah
They are not from my first years plants because they are very thick and well developed..
So now I am wondering if I should create another bed where they are...(question #2)

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Post  littlejo on 5/28/2012, 10:12 pm

question #1 Asparagus plants, as the roots grow more, will put up more stalks per root each yr. There should always be some space available for the plants/roots to get wider. After picking mine for about 6 wks. the stalks coming up were pretty skinny, so decided to let the ferns grow. After they were grown, about 4 ft. tall, I cut the top off, about 6 inches, and this causes the root to make more stalks, which come up from the roots and make more ferns, which in turn feed the roots for next yrs. harvest!



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Post  GWN on 5/28/2012, 10:18 pm

After they were grown, about 4 ft. tall, I cut the top off, about 6 inches, and this causes the root to make more stalks, which come up from the roots and make more ferns, which in turn feed the roots for next yrs. harvest!
6 inches from the top, or 6 inches from the bottom?
many of my ferns are 4 feet tall, the smaller ones are not yet
Do I just cut them off as they get that tall?

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Post  littlejo on 5/28/2012, 10:30 pm

From the top! It won't hurt to just take off a couple inches if needed. It just causes the roots to work putting up more stalks. I learned this by doing it with an asparagus fern(houseplant) The more often you pinch off the bushier it gets.

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Post  GWN on 5/29/2012, 8:23 am

wow that sounds like a great idea, I guess I can also do that for the wild ones Smile

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Post  littlejo on 5/29/2012, 9:17 am

I don't know anything about the wild ones. Can you eat them? I'd mark them with some stakes so you will know where to look in the spring for the stalks. Jo

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Post  GWN on 5/29/2012, 9:21 am

I'd mark them with some stakes so you will know where to look in the spring for the stalks. Jo
Yes that is what everyone does around here apparently.
Everyone has told me that there are plenty about 30 miles west of here, but no one has mentioned this area, so I guess it will be my secret...
The plant looks exactly like the ones in my garden.

There is an orchard about a block away from here that has an asparagus patch that stretches about 200 feet
Has been there for many years, I gather that the seeds likely end up all over the place.

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Post  GWN on 5/29/2012, 9:26 am

I learned all about wild asparagus from Barbara Kingsolvers book "animal vegetable miracle" She talked about the wild asparagus along the highways when she was young. Can't remember where it was though. Yes YES you can eat wild asparagus....I am going to clear a patch and add some compost to the area

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Post  Goosegirl on 5/29/2012, 2:06 pm

Asparagus definitely grows wild around here (SD) and if you find a good spot you keep it a DEEP, DARK secret! A friend of mine and I found a great spot last fall and harvested a few pounds just a few weeks ago - and we were not the first ones to raid the patch! Some of those stalks were as big around as my big toe. Mmmmmmm, crisp-tender with butter and Parmesan cheese!

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