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    Growing Asparagus

    Aspargus may be my favorite food, especially fresh out of the "patch". To that end, I established a plot 12 years ago with pretty good success but not without some failure. Since then I have tweaked the plot a little but decided this Spring to go "Jerry Kluver" and double the plot in size. So I bought 22, what I call, dried crowns and planted as directed 12" deep with 3" of soil covering in late March. We immediately have received abundant rainfall every week for the past 7 weeks totally 12". A couple of times the trenches were level full of water. I have been surprised that the asparagus appears to be emerging with good success, with just one planted crown out of the first 14 to yet emerge. If any of you fanatics have this same asparagus sickness as I would you answer a few questions:

    If the top end of the asparagus shoot that emerges falls off and only the stem is left, will the shoot keep growing or is it done?

    If the top end of the emerged shoot takes a right turn and quits growing, does that mean the plant is dead or will it send out more shoots?

    If it appears that the plant is not emerging or has emerged or for the above reasons is not going to make it, can I plant asparagus plants in that hole? I have some asparagus plants that I could transplant instead of using the dried crowns.

    Thanks for any asparagus growing tips. By the way if you have never had creamed asparagus on toast it needs to be on your bucket list. If I am ever on death row for finally being pushed over the edge by a tavern hawk, it will be my last meal.



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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    Quote Originally Posted by swiacy View Post
    Aspargus may be my favorite food, especially fresh out of the "patch". To that end, I established a plot 12 years ago with pretty good success but not without some failure. Since then I have tweaked the plot a little but decided this Spring to go "Jerry Kluver" and double the plot in size. So I bought 22, what I call, dried crowns and planted as directed 12" deep with 3" of soil covering in late March. We immediately have received abundant rainfall every week for the past 7 weeks totally 12". A couple of times the trenches were level full of water. I have been surprised that the asparagus appears to be emerging with good success, with just one planted crown out of the first 14 to yet emerge. If any of you fanatics have this same asparagus sickness as I would you answer a few questions:

    If the top end of the asparagus shoot that emerges falls off and only the stem is left, will the shoot keep growing or is it done?

    If the top end of the emerged shoot takes a right turn and quits growing, does that mean the plant is dead or will it send out more shoots?

    If it appears that the plant is not emerging or has emerged or for the above reasons is not going to make it, can I plant asparagus plants in that hole? I have some asparagus plants that I could transplant instead of using the dried crowns.

    Thanks for any asparagus growing tips. By the way if you have never had creamed asparagus on toast it needs to be on your bucket list. If I am ever on death row for finally being pushed over the edge by a tavern hawk, it will be my last meal.
    not done, more shoots, yes plant



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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    Does the ISU Men's BB team eat a lot of asparagus?


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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    Love asparagus- hate the putrid urine the next day.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    I didn't know people planted asparaus. I thought they just drove around and found it growing randomly in ditches.



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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    I love asparagus, seems like it would be a lot of work to grow.



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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    Love asparagus- hate the putrid urine the next day.
    Next day? The toxic urine stench hits me almost immediately. But it's not going to stop me from eating it.



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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    Quote Originally Posted by shagcarpetjesus View Post
    Next day? The toxic urine stench hits me almost immediately. But it's not going to stop me from eating it.
    Apparently we have different metabolic/renal situations, but yeah, the day after is the worst for me.

    Edit: The only thing I know about growing it is don't harvest what you plant this year.


    Last edited by Acylum; 05-06-2012 at 08:16 PM.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    Apparently we have different metabolic/renal situations, but yeah, the day after is the worst for me.

    Edit: The only thing I know about growing it is don't harvest what you plant this year.
    Is this the Asparagus version of "you never get high on your own supply"?




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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    So my irrelevant thread gets DELETED, but your growing asparagus thread is just fine.


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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    If you plant asparagus, do not harvest anything the first year. Keep it weeded, but don't harvest.

    Second year, you can harvest about 3-4 weeks.

    Third year on: You should be able to Harvest for 6-8 weeks.



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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    I put asparagus on the grill every time I fire it up. By bedtime, you don't want to be in the vicinity of my bathroom. First time I had it it about knocked me out.


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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    I put asparagus on the grill every time I fire it up. By bedtime, you don't want to be in the vicinity of my bathroom. First time I had it it about knocked me out.
    only way to do it. coat in olive oil, crack some sea salt on top of that, throw on the grill.

    i have no idea what people are talking about regarding urine smell...


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    Re: Growing Asparagus

    Quote Originally Posted by CyPride View Post
    only way to do it. coat in olive oil, crack some sea salt on top of that, throw on the grill.

    i have no idea what people are talking about regarding urine smell...
    Really? I could give a billy goat a run for his money if I ate enough.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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