Sage Austin | Eureka! Design
eureka at hctc.net
Sun Feb 8 12:55:03 EST 2009
Rob, our bed is six years old and planted in two trenches and staggered
as you are considering. Here the fronds grow taller than my head, and we
have a wooden rail fence to keep them from flopping over on our other beds.
You can see the narrow wood rails in the very back of this picture,
although the asparagus is not up yet.
You can see them to the right in this picture, although the asparagus
has already been cut back. We are using the same thing here on the right
to tie our black berry canes up.
So, you don't need to space the asparagus that far away from your other
beds if you are willing to corral them. Before we built this structure
they were flopping over a good 4 feet. If you are worried about shade,
plant the row east west. Here, we can use all the shade we can get, so
our rows go north south. In our case the asparagus shades the next bed
only in the morning.
Way Out in Texas
Robert Walton wrote:
> I'm planting 40 asparagus roots this spring. At 18 inches apart,
> that's 60 row feet I need to plant them. I'm thinking about making two
> trenches, 18 inches apart to plant in. I'd stagger the roots so that
> all the roots would be 18 inches apart.
> I saw this planting method suggested in a Virginia extension
> publication to establish a wide row.
> Any thoughts from those more experienced with asparagus?
> The other thing I'm thinking about is shading. Does asparagus grow so
> high that it's going to shade out plantings on the north side of the
> Rob - Va
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