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Get your vegetable patch started with these gardening tutorials.
You Will Need
- Asparagus crowns
- A garden plot
- A shovel
- Seeds (optional)
- A computer with internet access (optional)
- A soil test (optional)
Buy asparagus crowns at your local nursery or through a catalog.
Find a spot
Select a well-draining site that gets at least partial sun. Full sun is not necessary.
Make sure the soil is slightly acidic with a pH of 6.5. Eliminate all weeds from the area.
Dig a trench
Dig a v-shaped trench that is 6 to 8 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches wide.
Set the crowns
Plant the crowns 12 to 16 inches apart for thick spears or 8 to 10 inches apart for thin spears. Then cover the crowns with 2 to 3 inches of soil and add water.
Slowly refill the trench throughout the growing season, but don’t cover the shoots as they grow.
Harvest and enjoy plants started from crowns in the spring of their second year and plants started from seed in the spring of their third year.