Time to Clear Out the Asparagus Bed

All manured and ready to go

All manured and ready to go

Last year's stalks have given all their nutrition back to the plant and need to be cleared away.

Last year’s stalks have given all their nutrition back to the plant and need to be cleared away.

In just a few weeks those first tender spears will poke their noses out of the earth and asparagus season will be upon us.  My asparagus bed is a mass of tangled brown stalks and fronds.  I leave the stalks standing all winter to be sure every ounce of nutrient has been returned to the soil but now it’s time to clear it out and give the bed a good dose of manure.  My bed is small, two rows, 40 feet each and it doesn’t take too long.  The stems have softened underground and pull out easily.  The old growth goes onto the compost pile and I’m done.  After I finish I stop to pick some fresh kale to cook for dinner, still going strong in this mild winter.

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    Mary said,

    Yum, fresh home-grown asparagus is the best! I once had an asparagus bed. We enjoyed it for a few years and then our dog Lucky discovered the emerging shoots. When I’d go out to pick some I would find only raggedy, chewed off stalks. He rarely missed a tender top. Eventually, the clay soil was too much for it and the bed is now home to rhubarb.

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