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#1 B10Dave OFFLINE  

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Posted April 23, 2012 - 09:40 PM

Don't have the garden tilled yet this year as it is still a few weeks early. However the asparagus patch has started producing; about two weeks early for this area. We had a good feed for supper tonight. Will soon remove blower and weights to mount tiller. Present garden is about 30X25 and I hope to make it a little larger.

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Posted April 23, 2012 - 09:45 PM

Is that plate for me? :laughingteeth: I can smell and taste it just looking at that plate! it all looks so good. Thanks for the pics.

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Posted April 23, 2012 - 09:49 PM

Glad your getting a chance to have an early treat .We also enjoy having fresh asparagus ,ours has only been in about 3 or 4 years now , I wish we would done it earlier , Al

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Posted April 23, 2012 - 10:05 PM

We been eating asparagus and strawberries the last 2 weeks.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 04:48 AM

Looks very good. Always nice to have fresh produce out of the garden. I know I need to get a better green thumb and help more in the garden.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 05:02 AM

Looks delicious. I guess spring is early just about everywhere this year.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 06:36 AM

My parents picked some last week. Our hasn't shown up yet, starting to worry a little. They were new plants last year.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 10:30 AM

Mmmm fresh asparagus. Your dinner looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it.

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Posted April 25, 2012 - 12:07 AM

Does asparagus come back every year???

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Posted April 25, 2012 - 04:52 PM

Yes it does and will live many years. Asparagus has both male and female plants, the crowns you plant are normally the male plants but sometimes you will get a female or two.

Asparagus will grow very fast when it starts, and needs to be picked twice a day. You only pick a portion of it, and then let the rest of grow and make ferns.

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Posted April 26, 2012 - 08:55 AM

One of my favorite vegetables and one I look forward to coming on. Since it is one of the earlier crops you can harvest.
I just started my patch last year, so have poached the shoots sparingly this year.
I put in about 2 dozen starts and am thinking I should have put in twice as much.

I have been known to drive the back roads and forage the shoots in road ditches.
If you look around old abandoned homesteads it is not at all unusual to find it growing more or less wild in the ditches.
I noticed last night the shoots I left to become ferns were over 3 ft high already.

And yes Speedy, if you start a patch, locate it in an area where it can come back yearly without tilling or disturbing. It takes about 3 yrs to really start putting out a lot of shoots that can be harvested without much concern of damaging the bed. but once started good, well I've seen beds over 30 yrs old producing well.

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