This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, April 02, 2010

asparagus shoots

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Pretty little asparagus shoots are poking up!

But so far only one of the 12 crowns is growing. I'll keep watching.

My asparagus bed is about 5 ft by 3 ft with 12 crowns planted last spring. Last summer the fronds grew to about 5 feet tall, nice and bushy. The bed is at the far north side of the garden plot, between the compost bin and a lilac bush, so they don't shade anything.

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Blogger Dan said...

Hope the rest start shooting soon! I ought to eat more asparagus, I have only had it a few times.

April 02, 2010 11:08 PM

Anonymous Christina said...

Thanks for posting! Seeing the photos and where you planted is really helpful. They look so delicious already!

April 03, 2010 10:38 AM

Blogger Kelly said...

This and last year I had crowns that produced spears weeks later than the rest, I am hoping yours are just being poky as well.

April 03, 2010 3:10 PM

Blogger JGH said...

Yum. Hope the rest pop up soon. I just saw that one of the nurseries has a sale - 50 asparagus plants for $37. I'm so tempted! But I think I'm gonna move soon - may have to wait till the next site.

April 03, 2010 3:18 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I'm so glad to hear only one of your plants has shown signs of life! I'm in a similar boat and have been convinced they're all dead!

April 03, 2010 8:12 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Mine were all very healthy all of last year and I am sure they are not dead. I think it is the location. The front right one is the first to sprout. The southernmost location. Probably the warmest exposure. Others will follow - I am sure... (I hope...)

April 04, 2010 12:22 AM

Blogger kathy said...

btw, 50 for $37 is great. I think I paid nearly that for 12 last spring.

And even if you're going to maybe move - maybe you won't, so why not plant asparagus. Share the 50 plant order with 3 or 4 gardeners and with luck, when you move you'll get a plot where someone has already established a nice asparagus bed!

Yes Dan, you should try asparagus. But fresh garden shoots that you grow yourself are best.

April 04, 2010 12:28 AM

Anonymous Soilman said...

Don't worry, they're not dead. If one's sprouting, the rest will too. You maybe planted that crown a bit shallower than the others?

April 05, 2010 1:31 PM

Blogger kathy said...

On Sunday I found that 5 more had popped up. Now half are up!

April 05, 2010 9:05 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Now there are only 2 left to show signs of life. They're in the back corner, and I'll bet they'll come up soon.

April 09, 2010 9:31 PM


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