Asparagus

I took a picture of the new asparagus bed. But, right now it’s just dirt.

The old bed has been swallowed up by honeysuckle and overshadowed by a mimosa tree.  It was never as enthusiastic a producer as I had hoped. And when I finally looked up how to grow asparagus in NC clay instead of taking the advice of someone gardening in another part of the state, I learned that asparagus likes sandy soil that drains well.  I had essentially planted it so that it would drown.

Lowe’s has Mary Washington crowns for sale, 5 in a box.  I bought 5 boxes and returned 2.  15 crowns seem well spaced in the 40″ X 87″ bed.  I put 2 bags of mushroom compost on top of them.  Since the beds are raised, drainage isn’t going to be a problem.

Chuck planted lettuce in the 5″ x 6″ holes around the outside edge.
this is what potential asparagus looks like

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