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Offline Grandma Bear

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Christmas tradition garden planning
« on: December 24, 2020, 02:46:54 pm »
DD and I have been busy trying to make plans to extend the kitchen garden, and do something about the poor ancient asparagus bed. We also plan on putting in a  large strawberry patch on the sloped areas so we don't have to mow them anymore. We miss our own blueberry bushes so we will likely put some of those about as well.

I'm curious what to do about the asparagus bed. It's a patch that has been here for at least 20 years. The stalks come up really thick and touch for the most part but there are some tiny tender ones early on. How do I go about rehabilitating this asparagus bed? Can the root be divided and spread out to expand the bed? Do we need to just start over?

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Re: Christmas tradition garden planning
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2020, 08:15:29 am »
I put only gourds and homebrew in. Gourds will die if you work them, and homebrew will work itself.

Yes, I might be a bit lazy.   :P :laugh:
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Re: Christmas tradition garden planning
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2020, 09:06:02 am »
What a wonderful tradition. 
I found this brief article on maintaining an asparagus bed. https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/1993/3-24-1993/aspar.html
This article confirms what I remember about our asparagus bed when I was growing up.  But I think our bed was well over 20 years old though and it produced prolifically. 
My dad would clean out the feed lot in the spring and spread the contents out over the garden and asparagus bed.
This article focuses on reviving an old bed. https://haphazardhomemaker.com/2018/04/25/how-to-revive-a-neglected-asparagus-bed/
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Re: Christmas tradition garden planning
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2020, 09:12:51 am »
I put only gourds and homebrew in. Gourds will die if you work them, and homebrew will work itself.

Yes, I might be a bit lazy.   :P :laugh:

Sounds like a garden I might be able to keep alive  ;D

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Re: Christmas tradition garden planning
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2020, 09:14:27 am »
What a wonderful tradition. 
I found this brief article on maintaining an asparagus bed. https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/1993/3-24-1993/aspar.html
This article confirms what I remember about our asparagus bed when I was growing up.  But I think our bed was well over 20 years old though and it produced prolifically. 
My dad would clean out the feed lot in the spring and spread the contents out over the garden and asparagus bed.
This article focuses on reviving an old bed. https://haphazardhomemaker.com/2018/04/25/how-to-revive-a-neglected-asparagus-bed/

Thank you! DD is squealing about renewing the asparagus bed now...sheesh you would think it's christmas or something  :)