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Old 01-28-2009, 04:47 PM   #21
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Here's some asaparagus growing tips from "Mother Earth"

//www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening

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“To avoid disease problems, choose a site where corn or asparagus did not grow the year before,” Ngouajio says. If you can plant a cover crop, such as sorghum or rye, in the area where you plan to plant asparagus, you’re in luck. “A cover crop [turned into the soil before planting] will increase the soil’s organic matter, which is very beneficial to asparagus,” he says.
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Instead of the traditional harvesting method ? cutting all the spears when they are 6 to 8 inches long ? allow two or three sturdy spears to grow uncut. Research at Cornell University found that as they leaf out, these 'mother spears' will send solar energy down to the roots and stimulate the plants to produce more spears than traditionally harvested ones.
They have some really interesting tips and tricks in this article. Certainly worth the read.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:38 PM   #22
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Thanks so much! The link wasn't working, so I went to their website & searched "asparagus". Very good information.

The second article says it doesn't often do well along the Gulf Coast.

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Soooo, maybe I will just plant the one pack I have and not go out looking for more just yet.

I'll have to remember their website.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:59 AM   #23
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You can subscribe to their newsletter, you know. I'm a confirmed Mother Earth reader again. Their format has become less "yuppfied" and more down to earth once again. They almost always have something of interest.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:16 AM   #24
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I may have to do that. They seemed to have good solid information.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:18 AM   #25
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Mother's is the organic gardener's bible. And have advocated sustainable practices for over 30 years. Favorite reading for us old hippie back to the earth types.
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:12 PM   #26
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I too am a big fan of Mother's! Lots of good information available there.
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