We've been pretty busy here at 47 Daisies with the holidays and farm work but I finally found the time to get the asparagus tucked in for the winter. Asparagus is a great crop to grow, lasting for up to 20 years after planting. You can't beat that harvest schedule!! On the flip side it is a bit labor intensive to manage the asparagus bed in the proper manner. We have 175 crowns in the ground. Each spring they will produce spears which can be harvested for 2-8 weeks depending on the health and age of the crown. Then the fronds are allowed to grow for the rest of the growing season replenishing the root stores which will produce shoots the next spring. In the fall the fronds will go dormant after the first couple of frosts/freezes. At this time it is necessary to cut the fronds and send them to the compost heap. The bed then gets tucked in with mulch (we used about six inches of leaves). This mulch layer protects the crowns from subsequent freezes and will also provide nutrients for the growing plants the following year. Lets hope that the crowns produce well this spring as we will be harvesting for about two weeks this year (our crowns are only 2 years old).
Have a great last day of 2010 and we will see you in 2011!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )