Having a great year with the asparagus patch. However, having a terrible time with asparagus beetles. Never have had them before and no idea where they came from. I've been picking them off as I cut the stalks. Only able to get a third of them at best this way. Very small and very quick to jump off and hide in the ground. Can't wait to be done harvesting and give those little devils what they have coming!
Stalks are getting tall! Movin fast
I put leftover salt from the winter on the Asparagus patch as soon as things start to green up in the spring.
I somehow managed to forget about my asparagus until I went to plant my garden yesterday. Some of it was 3'+ high already. Whoops....
Just pick a few lbs!!! Man my pee is gonna be funky for the next week!
As for weed control, I've been told a layer of straw in the fall. Any thoughts? May also help with less frost penetration.
Things are spouting hot in Jefferson County! Picked approximately 5 lbs this weekend. 1/2 on my property and other 1/2 roadside! Some already seeded out!
picked my first from patch i planted about 5 years ago. big patch i planted last year has shoots coming up thick all over going to be great patch. i think it was 21 roots that i planted . my wild patches not showing any yet .
Alex the dog,
Nice name...those were awesome commercials.
In the fall my asparagus gets covered up with a thick layer of leaves. When it thaws I’ll pull some, but not all, of the leaves back leaving a thin layer. The asparagus will poke through that thin layer. You don’t want to leave them too thick or it won’t work as well. For me it keeps the weeds at bay long enough for the asparagus to pretty much choke anything else out. One thing you don’t want to do is clear cut the dried up stems in the fall. Leave them until spring and cut them out then. If you do it in the fall you’ll increase the possibility of disease and asparagus beetle infestations to your established patch.
While this isn't a complete cure, I burn my patch in the spring. Then I ligthtly hoe the ground and apply Preen and fertilizer. This is done as soon as the ground unthaws in the spring and before anything is growing. It works ok, but isn't a complete removal of the grass/weeds. I just pull them as I pick during the season as best as I can. After I'm done picking for the year I let the asparagus go to seed and then carefully treat the areas between the rows with RoundUp. My asparagus was planted in rows, so that helps, but it is spreading and I'm going to have to look at something else soon. Keep in mind that treating with the Preen is most likely going to stop any Aspargus seed from the year before from sprouting. I've been picking a handful everyday for the last week and a half so it is working ok.