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    Asparagus is one of the most dependable vegetable crops for home gardens. However, it takes asparagus plants several years to establish in the garden.

    Year One
    Don't harvest any spears. Allow the plants to grow naturally and let the foliage die totally before removing in the fall.

    Year Two
    Don't harvest any spears. Well, if you must - just a few. Continue with regular feeding. Be vigilant in weed control.

    Year Three
    Harvesting can begin with the first flush of growth in the spring. Don't over harvest this year.

    Year Four
    Bon appetite! Growing asparagus is easy but takes time.

    Cultural Information
    Asparagus is an easy-to-grow vegetable. While plants can be grown from seed, they’re generally unreliable and you'll add one more year until harvest.

    Plant asparagus in full sun but avoid hot, reflected heat from pavement or walls.

    Asparagus is a perennial vegetable and clumps can remain productive for up to 20 years, so make an effort to properly plant them for a bountiful harvest for years to come.

    1. Dig a trench 12 inches deep, 8 inches wide and as long as necessary to accommodate the number of roots to be planted, spaced at 12 inches apart.
    2. Using Pike Planting Mix, combine one part natural soil and one part planting mix.
    3. Place a small handful of E.B. Stone Sure Start in the bottom of the hole and incorporate into the soil.
    4. Form a 6-8 inch ridge in the bottom of the trench with the soil mixture.
    5. Spread the roots of the asparagus over the ridge and cover the roots with 2 inches of soil mixture.
    6. Water in with Liquinox B1.
    7. As the new sprouts grow, gradually add more soil mixture until the trench is completely filled. Don't cover growing spears.

    Asparagus needs to be fertilized regularly for maximum growth and production.
    1. Feed each month with E.B. Stone Tomato and Vegetable Food.
    2. Prevent leaf chlorosis and yellowing by applying Ironite in mid-spring and again in fall.

    Keep soil evenly moist throughout the entire growing season.

    Cut off old stalks near ground level when they start turning yellow in the fall. Any dead or dying stalks should be removed immediately.

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