Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Texas Dream garden 2017
by kamigh Today at 10:50 am

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by Greenbeard Today at 10:27 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 10:18 am

» Hello from TN
by flowinowen Today at 8:56 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Today at 8:42 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by Kelejan Yesterday at 11:46 pm

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 11:19 pm

» Saving cantaloupe from cucumber beetle?
by camprn Yesterday at 8:17 pm

» Soaking seeds????? HELP
by Yardslave Yesterday at 6:30 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 5:39 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:47 pm

» New England May 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:41 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:29 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 2:20 pm

» growing corn
by Turan Yesterday at 2:12 pm

» Strawberry protection
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 1:24 pm

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:47 am

» Hello from St Louis
by bigdogrock Yesterday at 9:33 am

» Planting tomatoes, cucumbers and squash back to back on wire mesh trellis.
by walshevak Yesterday at 7:03 am

» boxes on a slope?
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 6:24 am

» Rolly Pollys
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:40 am

» Amaranth
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:37 am

» surprising results from soil test
by dstack 5/27/2017, 9:52 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by trolleydriver 5/27/2017, 4:06 pm

» Yard and garden Maintenance Gadgets
by yolos 5/27/2017, 1:54 pm

» Lil' Goners
by Scorpio Rising 5/27/2017, 1:13 pm

» Ground Cherries
by countrynaturals 5/27/2017, 10:59 am

» Excited to be a part of forum
by Kelejan 5/27/2017, 12:37 am

» Double summer squash flower
by sanderson 5/26/2017, 8:45 pm

» New in NY...Hi all
by Scorpio Rising 5/26/2017, 7:44 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

asparagus

View previous topic View next topic Go down

asparagus

Post  Thomas on 3/6/2013, 4:18 pm

I am going to set up a SFG for asparagus, laying the box over an old gardening spot, which has its share of weeds that can come up. Can and should I use a weed block underneath the box, with this type of plant? Also, are there any companion plants that can be interspersed in this bed, whether they be flowers, or other vegetables?
avatar
Thomas

Posts : 39
Join date : 2012-07-01
Age : 69
Location : Canton, Ohio Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: asparagus

Post  llama momma on 3/6/2013, 5:19 pm

I've got a couple dozen crowns coming next month. It's my first time with asparagus. Parsley and asparagus are mutually beneficial in promoting one another's health and vigor. That's what I am going to use. Other companions are basil and tomatoes, but my source does not say why those are good. My source did not note if they had any enemies. I'm going to leave the bottom of the box open because asparagus has very long taproots, I think something like 4 feet or more. Also do get the weeds out of there, asp does not compete with them.
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4778
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: asparagus

Post  donnainzone5 on 3/6/2013, 6:11 pm

I had reasonably good luck with a bed of strawberries + asparagus when I lived in Southern California.

Now that I have more space and sunlight, I'll be dedicating one 4'x2' x 12" to asparagus. Although I know from experience that this crop does okay in 6" of MM, I thought I'd give it some extra leg-room. I've read that asparagus taproots can grow to 12'! In fact, some of mine spread into adjacent areas, and I inadvertently hacked off some roots while preparing another bed.
avatar
donnainzone5

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 2099
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 69
Location : Bend, OR (Zone 5-6)

View user profile http://www.amway.com/DonnaKBecker

Back to top Go down

Re: asparagus

Post  llama momma on 3/6/2013, 6:28 pm

12 ft. Wow. I've read 4 to 5 feet roots are possible. I've got a 12 inch deep bed too.
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4778
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: asparagus

Post  Thomas on 3/6/2013, 6:51 pm

These are good tips. I think I can squeeze in a tomato plant or two and basil works for me. I guess I will try to till the old spot before I put the box on it. thanks Thanks
avatar
Thomas

Posts : 39
Join date : 2012-07-01
Age : 69
Location : Canton, Ohio Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: asparagus

Post  mollyhespra on 3/7/2013, 8:24 am

Onions, Chives, etc. don't "companion" well with Asparagus. I don't recall the source or why, though. I just remember reading about it & wondering if my chives were too close to my Asparagus & moving my chives away just in case.
avatar
mollyhespra

Female Posts : 807
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 51
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: asparagus

Post  quiltbea on 3/7/2013, 11:17 am

I agree with all the above.
Good guys: basil, parsley, tomatoes and even the flower calendula.
Bad Guys: Any of the onion family; chives, leeks, shallots, garlic.
They have terribly long tap roots so I would layer beneath the box with 3 or 4 sheets of newspaper to halt any weed seeds and keep them dormant, before filling the bed. The newspaper will eventually disintegrate but by then hopefully the weed seeds will no longer be active and not pop thru but the asparagus can burrow in.
Remember, make a trench and plant them. Fill the trench as the plant grows. Do it at least a couple times. Some varieties (Jersey Knight is one) only need to be planted about 6" deep and covered with 2" of soil. Then cover twice with 2" more of soil as the plant grows.
If you must weed, be very careful around asparagus. Just pull any weeds while small instead of using a cultivator.
Don't harvest any the first year or two so the roots can grow stronger.
Good luck and you'll soon be enjoying fresh asparagus for 15-20 years.
avatar
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4646
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 75
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: asparagus

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum