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Post  johnp on 4/9/2016, 8:40 am

I don't grow asparagus but I have several wild plants around my property. I also have a secret map of fifteen or twenty locations around the neighborhood where I have spotted plants. I am starting to see new shoots coming up so the time to pick  is coming up. I usually pick around dinner time and drive my no license bulldog which is very quiet. Twisted Evil My question is the best way to cut the shoots. I have heard to cut them below the surface and others cut them at ground level. Does it make a difference? I surely do not want to kill any of (my) plants.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/9/2016, 9:12 am

This will be  my first year cutting asparagus - I'm so excited!
I read in the Victory Garden book to cut below the surface and unless someone tells us that the latest is not to do that that's what I'll do.
I'll be shoving the shears into the dirt only up to where the mechanism doesn't get sand into it and cutting there.  Not that deep as the blades are only about 1.5 inches long, so I'll go about 1/2 inch below the surface.  

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Post  johnp on 4/9/2016, 10:28 am

thanks CC
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Post  Cajun Cappy on 4/9/2016, 11:59 am

At ground level or just point ya pocket knife down a little is fine.  We learned this the hard way however cause leaving stumps can cause the roots to rot down here in the soggy south,  Once ya pick a bunch lay them in a shallow pan and park it on your bbq pit with some butter and spices to taste.  They are so good the doggys will beg ya for them.
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Post  quiltbea on 4/10/2016, 12:38 pm

Those dawgs are adorable. 
My corgi will eat anything she sees me eat, even salad.
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Post  Cajun Cappy on 4/11/2016, 3:31 pm

Thanks they are really good company while working in the garden too
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Post  quiltbea on 4/11/2016, 11:25 pm

Hey Cappy, I love your handy helper.
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Post  Cajun Cappy on 4/12/2016, 1:25 pm

LOL I try hard not to spam da forum with my fuzzy white gardener.  But sometimes I can't help it he is definitely the cutest gardener in that picture Very Happy
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