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, June 17, 2011

tied up asparagus

aspargus 008

I was asked about how I "tired up" my asparagus. Here's a picture. A couple wood posts and some string around the edge of the patch. As I look at other asparagus patches, they seem to stand up better on their own than mine. Mine flops over onto the broccoli. Maybe because its young (3 years old). This does the trick. I'll remember to bring some fertilizer to it tomorrow. And I suppose it could use a couple inches of compost layered on top. Please let me know any advice for growing asparagus.



Blogger Mark Willis said...

I do exactly the same thing with my Asparagus. I have just stopped cropping it for this year, and the fern is beginning to fill-out. I will support mine with posts and string just like you have done. Also, I have just applied some general-purpose feriliser. Hopefully we are doing it right!
Roughly how many spears did you get from your patch?

June 18, 2011 2:04 AM

Blogger Karla said...

Thank you for posting this. I am just starting roots this year and some of my fern heads have broken because of being flopped over. I will stake them up today.

June 18, 2011 8:48 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I got about 10 very thin spears. I dinner. I'd really like more next year.

June 18, 2011 9:43 AM

Blogger Gary said...

I started mine this year, 5 in 3 came up, I used Steer Manure Compost to grow in. I grew up in IA and my dad always used cow manure in the fall after every thing had dried up. We had lots to eat in the season, I don't remember if mom canned any of it.

June 18, 2011 12:23 PM

Anonymous Janet B said...

I'm glad you posted this. I also have 3 year old plants and was wondering if I should just let them flail about. I'll tie them up, fertilize them and let them do their thing. Thanks

June 18, 2011 2:31 PM

Blogger Martin and Amy said...

Well done. I really need to grow asparagus, it is so delicious!

Martin :0)

June 19, 2011 1:08 PM

Anonymous mediaOrganic said...

We do exactly the same thing with posts and string. This is our fourth season (Jersey Giant) and the ferns are about seven feet tall following a very nice harvest. In the late fall, after the ferns have died and you have cut them back, lay down a nice thick layer of composted manure. In the early spring supplement with some organic fertilizer.

June 20, 2011 7:40 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks for the advice!!

June 20, 2011 7:54 AM

Blogger Leslie said...

Kathy, My bed is probably 12 years old. It has thrived from a good weeding after Father's Day followed by a 40 pound bag of composted cow per 8 plants, followed by a straw mulch. Your youngsters look nice and healthy.

June 22, 2011 2:53 PM


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