January and February is the time of year to plant asparagus while it is dormant. Check your local garden store for asparagus crowns. You can also separate your existing asparagus to transplant and/or share with friends.
Today at the teaching beds @ Zilker Botanical Gardens, we transplanted asparagus crowns next to our strawberry bed. 🍓👊✳️ They are great companions! Both are early spring crops that will begin to produce after your last frost date. They root on different levels to maximize the nutrient return in your garden. Both should be mulched to keep down weeds and to maximize yields.
Here are the steps to get them established at your location.
1. In FULL SUN Dig 12" d x 24" w trench.
2. In trench mound up mixture of compost & sand for drainage.
3. Drape crowns 18" apart over mound.
4. Cover with soil, then mulch.
5. Water in between rains.
6. Fertilize before and after your harvests.
Be patient, in a 2-3 years asparagus will be in full production. When conditions are favorable, buds arise from the crown and develop into edible spears. Fresh asparagus from the garden is like 🍬
You can also grow asparagus from seeds but it takes even longer to get established.
Happy winter gardening. ❄️
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