asparagus winter prep

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  1. Jim East Tn

    Jim East Tn Well-Known Member

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    ok--I need a little help. I have a small patch of asparagus that I would like to put to bed for the winer (and clean up some grass that got in the way). Are there any tricks I need to know. Rarely gets below 15degrees (above) here.
     
  2. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Mow the whole thing down and wait till you have some good hard frost then put straw over it. Come spring you can give it some compost.
     

  3. Jim East Tn

    Jim East Tn Well-Known Member

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    anniew keep it simple and honest Supporter

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    I'd suggest cutting off the ferns once they turn yellow and disposing of them, so that
    you don't carry over insect eggs to next year.
    I put a few inches of straw on them for the winter so that it will
    help smoother weeds in early spring, and just leave the straw in place
    to break down on its own...the spears will come up through it in
    spring. During the winter, you could put some wood stove ashes on
    the bed, to keep the pH up near 7. If your soil is already there,
    skip the ashes.
     
  5. Jim East Tn

    Jim East Tn Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, guys---any other suggestions?
     
  6. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    For my asparagus, I cut down the ferns. Then I lay composted manure on the top of the bed, followed by wood ash, then I put the ferns on top of the whole thing.

    Hadn't thought about overwintering bugs, but haven't had a problem in 4 years now... Course, now that I said something, I'll have no end of insects! :rolleyes:

    Good luck with your bed! :)

    Pony!
     
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    How do you cut them down, with a weed whacker?
    I don't think I can clip them all...
     
  8. landlord

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    I was told to use loose salt for controlling grasses in asparagus. Also to cut the stalks in the fall and lay them over the strawberries. They would help break the wind and stop snow which would insulate them. I love the aparagus and it is good for the body. Deer like them too. Wild asparagus is a delicacy for deer. The county grader man knew the spots to gather spears and the deer would get to them first, most of the time.