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asparagus is one of the most popular trens these days. asparagus grows well planted between January, when 15 and 15 March in some areas, the asparagus also a luxury vegetable is considered simply because of its maret is expensiveness.There minimal care, the it requires, and has very few diseases / insect problems. asparagus gives delicious taste, nutritional value and can be used for 15 to 25 years living

asparagus have a high nutritional value for :. Energy, vitamin A, the B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus; an average amount of: fiber, sodium, magnesium and protein; and a small amount of copper, iron, manganese and zinc; also very little fat; and no cholesterol. It is nutshell really "heart-healthy vegetables"

asparagus is a cool season perennial with the following environmental settings:

  1. light: full morning sun with afternoon shade in this area
  2. soil: well-drained, deep, friable loam
  3. fertility: medium-high nitrogen, high levels of phosphorus, potassium and organics
  4. pH: 6.0 to 7.0
  5. temperature: 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit
  6. moisture: average
  7. Wind protection or support after the harvest, when the ferns can take up about 5 feet grow tall

asparagus has a large root system with feeder roots (rhizomes with buds that skewers develop) and storage roots , You can grow a foot down and a few feet to the side.

have in these days some of the new varieties, such as UC-157, Atlas, Apollo and Jersey Knights proved a better productive alongwith other traditional varities.Home Gardener is recommended one or two years old asparagus crowns / roots buy. Ten plants per person would almost suffice and twenty or 30 would be for storage (freezing / canning) or suitable for family purposes.

How to prepare planting beds for asparagus

acreage or bed should be at least 4 feet wide and as long as needed for the family. If crowns / roots are arranged apart 18 inches, they should greater than spears planted develop those 15 inches apart. Prepare the bed several months before the time of planting.

The crop row should be 12 inches deep and 18 inches wide a furrow. If the soil removed was sandy loam, it was mixed with compost and sculpted for backfilling, as the plants grow. If the soil is clay, it should be removed and used elsewhere. Then, the ground should be loosened with a garden fork deeper. Several inches of experienced compost or manure and some fertilizer should be mixed in the bottom of the furrow. Spend a little hill, so that the crown will be on and the roots spread down and around him.

Plant the crowns / roots 9 inches deep in sandy soil and 5 inches deep in clay soils. to extend plant crowns at different depths of the harvest season. Cover it 2 to 3 inches with half organic and sandy loam mix; then wet the entire line. If the plants are several inches tall, a further layer should be added from the above mixture until the groove is full.

applying supplementary irrigation is recommended when rainfall is insufficient for the young plants.Home gardener should know that when the harvest season is stretching a bit more then should no excess carbohydrates accumulated in the storage root for the next harvest ,

How to harvest asparagus

You should not try to harvest lances that are less than 3/8 inch in diameter. Spears are 6 to 8 inches tall at best. If they are larger or open the head, they are less tender. Some may be ready every day or two. They should only be cut off with a knife at an angle of 45 degrees below the soil surface. If all the spears of older plants are too small, the soil must be more fertilizer.

If the newer varieties to develop several spears that are later in the first year from 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter, cut one of each plant only during this season. Spears should be harvested only for 2 weeks during the first year 4 weeks the second year, and 6 to 8 weeks thereafter.

harvest time can be extended if the half of the area is harvested in the spring and allowing ferns in the summer and in the fall, then trimmed, mulched and fertilized to grow during the middle of winter. Even half of the area is allowed to grow in the spring and summer, then cut in August, mulched, fertilized and watered a fall harvest of spears to develop.

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