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How to Winterize your Asparagus Patch

Protecting this delicious perenial
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:41 PM

There are a couple of things that should be done to winterize your asparagus patch. In the late fall or early winter you should cut back your asparagus ferns. This will help to break the pest cycle of the asparagus beetle that loves to overwinter in the ferns. Wait until the leaves are yellow and brown. Then cut them down with good sharp pruners. Make sure to leave about 2 inches of the asparagus plant above the surface. If you cut them too low, that can cause damage to the crown, or growing point. After you have cut them back add about 4 inches of mulch to protect the roots from any winter damage. Finally, make sure you put the cut ferns far away from your asparagus patch. A compost pile is a good spot. I put them in a far corner of the garden and let the chickens peck at them. They like to pick at the berries and seeds, and they love to walk and sit on the soft ferns. » Read more

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6 Perennial Vegetables To Plant Once

Reap their harvest year after year
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:28 PM

As you look to plant your current garden this spring or start breaking ground on a new one, consider planting the following 6 plants to give you great produce year after year. 

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/plant-some-these-perennial-vegetables-keep-giving-year-after-year.html

Also check out the WSID Article on Planting Asparagus.

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VIDEO TUTORIAL: Planting Asparagus

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Planting Asparagus

How to plant this early spring vegetable

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Planting Asparagus

How to get your first aparagus patch in place
Friday, January 17, 2014, 3:58 PM

Asparagus is one of my favorite garden plants. It is the first vegetable to harvest in the spring, it’s perennial, and it tastes great. What more could you ask for?

Most people establish an asparagus patch with bare-root asparagus plants. It is best to plant in early spring as soon as the soil is warm enough to work. I would not harvest any asparagus spears the first season. Just let it grow, and cut it back in the late fall when the ferns go brown. You should be able to harvest the following spring. The herbs caraway and basil make nice companions. I will be seeding in caraway amongst the patch in mid-April and basil after the fear of frost has past. (Video at the bottom of the article) » Read more