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Purple Asparagus Roots: Free to good home in PNW

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Purple Asparagus Roots: Free to good home in PNW

Post  Lavender Debs on 4/15/2010, 10:16 am

I'm just going to say it.....I have never done asparagus in my garden before. Thought I would give it a try. So, no kidding, there I was...... cruising around Marysville's Sunnyside nursery when I spot potted asparagus plants. I only wanted three roots. I didn't know they came in solid purple so Ray and I snatched up two of them, brought them home and fixed a pretty place for them in the sun, protected from puppy paws. Tipped the first one out of the pot. It had an amazing number of roots for one little asparagus. Had a lot of crowns too. I didn't buy two plants, I bought two dozen! Rookie mistake.

Today is Thursday, April 15, 2010. Around 10:00 I am leaving Everett down the I-5 corridor to Oregon. If you want to meet someplace that is easy along the freeway (like a rest-stop) Please send me a quick note. Otherwise I'm in the purple Asparagus business.

Deborah ....who does love the little buggers but needs some yard for the puppies.

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Post  boffer on 4/15/2010, 10:45 am

I would if I could, but I can't. :cry: Have a safe trip. The weather is ugly down my way.

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Post  Momma Pajama on 4/17/2010, 9:01 pm

Sorry I missed your offer, Deb. I was just about to post about the miserable failure of my asparagus crowns. I bought a paper bag of 10 crowns of those purple asparagus from Sky Nursery last month and planted them. 4 weeks later, NOTHING. I dug around a few to see if anything was happening and they look completely dead and rotting. Evil or Very Mad

This is the second time I've failed at planting asparagus. I tried about 5 years ago in my backyard and got nothing. This year I planted them in the back row of one of my SFG beds, nice soil, weed barrier cloth and all, and failed again.

I think this year I'll just plant other stuff in the row instead but I am curious what the problem is, twice! Maybe next time I'll get potted and growing ones like you, Deb!

It's a good thing that the spinach, bok choy and sweet peas are up to encourage me this week or I'd be feeling my green thumb had turned brown!

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Post  LaFee on 4/18/2010, 4:09 am

Asparagus is one that I have to confess I'm spoiled rotten on. Asparagus is a huge crop in the region where I live, and there's an enormous field of it between home and work. They just put up their roadside shack this week, and I bought a kilo of the most gorgeous white asparagus I've ever seen (a little pricey because it's a little early yet, but oh, I can't wait to have it tonight with dinner.)

Later, they'll have green, and after that, I'll get to see that gorgeous field turn into a deep green cloud that turns to golden in the autumn...

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Post  Lavender Debs on 4/20/2010, 10:30 am

We got back late yesterday afternoon. All is well. The spears in the pots are getting longer, I can now see how many there are. Momma P it isn't too late if you still want them. I have to go to school today (Tuesday, 4/20) and tomorrow to administer achievement tests but anticipate being free during off-peak traffic hours by Thursday. I still have 20 crowns to find homes for.

I goggled (binged?) "planting asparagus" and chose videos. There was a guy from Australia planting in what looked like a stock tank and another of an older guy planting in rows that gave good info. Seems like you want to start deep, in a trench about 10 inches, plant the crown (like strawberries) on a mound of manure-ee compost with the root spread out. Then JUST cover the crown or spear. The older guy advised that the new spear was too weak to push all the way up through deep soil. As the spear grows pull more soil into the trench to just up to the tip. Next year’s crowns will be stronger and come up unaided. He also mentioned that the roots will want to go deep (I think he said 4 to 6 feet?)

Lefee my in-laws used to live by asparagus fields in Prosser, Washington. Amazing views. But that area is so prone to using chemicals that I didn't often go to get asparagus. The Yakama River likes to run a thick pea soup green through town from all the farms in the area. It is a little scary to eat (or drink the milk) from there. You cannot drink tap water without a big filter. If the raw water is boiled you get lots of green strings in your tea. Yuck. I think it is from the dairies in the area but it still gives me the heebie jeebies.

Deborah ....loves that so many farmers are making a commitment to go organic.

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Post  PeggyC on 3/9/2011, 11:09 am

I know this is an old thread, but just wanted to say thanks for the info about depth. I was considering planting asparagus in a box with a bottom, so that when we move (eventually) I could screw a lid onto it and then move the whole thing. guess not. thanks for saving me lots of research time.

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Post  sheslostit on 3/9/2011, 12:35 pm

hmmm interesting. I started some root crowns last year and got a beautiful new growth which i didn't touch. Yesterday, I was getting my old row garden prepped for SFG (except where the aspargus are) and noted that there was a beautiful purple asparagus growing. thanks for the info. Cant wait to start harvesting, but i know i have to be patient.

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Post  ModernDayBetty on 3/25/2011, 2:00 pm

@Lavender Debs wrote:my in-laws used to live by asparagus fields in Prosser, Washington. Amazing views. But that area is so prone to using chemicals that I didn't often go to get asparagus. The Yakama River likes to run a thick pea soup green through town from all the farms in the area. It is a little scary to eat (or drink the milk) from there. You cannot drink tap water without a big filter. If the raw water is boiled you get lots of green strings in your tea. Yuck. I think it is from the dairies in the area but it still gives me the heebie jeebies.

Try living there!! Yuck. I lived there for 6 years... the water is re-claimed... meaning used dirty water that is treated several times before going to your kitchen sink. Gross. I went from amazing water to having to get bottled water, a filter doesn't even make me want to drink that water.

I wasn't a fan. lol. Saw this post and I had to comment.

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