Today I planted a vegetable that I have been wanting to grow for ages. As a child I new it as Sparrows' Grass, but sensible adults would call it asparagus or heaven in a stalk.
I planted crowns - 5 of them, and bizarre looking things they are too - kind of like a spider with too many fleshy legs and with a bunch of brown buds in the middle.
Some crowns seem to have two sets of buds.
On two of the crowns there were actually baby white asparagus spears.
I prepared the bed well I think? It was a brand new bed - one of the first I prepared in Fortress Wallaby my fenced vegetable plot. It's been stewing for a few weeks now. Basically the bed was prepared by removing all the grass by digging carefully thru the soil and loading the bed with different manurers - horse, cow, and sheep, all sourced from Highfield or the farm next door. I also added some top soil from the property and finally today some less 'hot' cow manure and some mushroom compost that I purchased.
I made some hills and trenches and laid the crowns over the hills, spreading the roots so they draped into the trenches.
Then I covered them up so that the top of the crown was covered with 10cms of soil. I planted them about 40cms apart.
I am not sure that I will be able to stop myself picking them for two years...apparently such restraint is required to ensure that the plants are strong.
Do you grow asparagus? Did you plant seeds or crowns? How many crowns do you think is sufficient?