[nafex] Off-topic: asparagus

del stubbs pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 19 23:16:35 EDT 2001

Ginda, any time I've let either red clover or dutch (the short stuff) go, it 
roots thickly and is hard to eradicate. But I'm curious if there is any 
opinion out there that the nitrogen addition of short clover offsets root 
competition against deep rooting plants like raspberries and asparagas?
We have 150 feet of asparagas, and after a hard freeze I go ahead and cut 
it, figuring the roots have gotten all they're going to get. Mn.Del

>From: Ginda Fisher <ginda at concentric.net>
>Reply-To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
>To: "nafex at yahoogroups.com" <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
>Subject: [nafex] Off-topic:  asparagus
>Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 21:29:16 -0400
>Well, my question is prompted because of my raspberries. . .
>I have some large flattish stones I want to lay down along my raspberry
>bed.  They will serve two purposes.  (1) My husband and kids can walk on
>the stones without fear of trampling my pet plants and (2) I don't have
>to weed under the stones.  But I have asparagus growing too close the
>the raspberries (among the reasons it's hard to find a safe place to
>tread.)  I have been waiting for the asparagus to die off, so as the
>minimize the risk of damaging them while moving the stones around - they
>are too heavy for me to carry, and my husband is clumsy (and partly
>blind) while carrying them.  On the other hand, it's no fun moving
>stones when your hands are very cold, so I was wondering if now might be
>late enough.  Some of the asparagus have turned about half yellow, and
>most show signs of beginning to turn.  The milkweed (the other plant I
>didn't want to hurt) has lost all its leaves, and I think it will be
>okay if I just cut it down for the winter.
>Also - any suggestions for groundcover around the stones?  (Still trying
>to keep down weeds.)  Grass is too invasive - it gets into all the other
>garden plants.  Maybe anything that will compete with grass will be
>similarly invasive?  I was thinking I might try clover.
>Ginda Fisher
>eastern Mass.
>zone 6

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