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4/24/13 2:56 P

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It rained all day so went to the appointment and directly back home. Also, there is a lot of flooding near Louisiana Mo and I wasn't sure exactly where Stark Brothers was so decided to wait until these flood waters recede.

I will check this out on line. Thanks for the information.

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4/23/13 2:08 P

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Well since your going to St. Louis, there is a place in Earth City, a suburb, called Hummert International. Its a gardening supply company. I went to a training class there a few years ago on school greenhouses. The variety of things they have is amazing. If you have time, you might stop there even if it is just to look around.
Hummert in Earth City:
4500 Earth City Expressway
Earth City, MO 63045
800-325-3055
Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

You can also look them up on line.

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4/22/13 7:38 P

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We are going right past Louisiana, Mo. tomorrow so will stop at Stark Brothers. My Sis had a brain aneurysm in January and tomorrow is her check up visit in St. Louis. They also have a fig tree that is suppose to do good in my area & I have been wanting one.

Thanks so much!



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4/22/13 7:06 P

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3 places that have the roots are Stark Bros. , Burpee's and Gurney's,. The prices aren't that much different but since Stark Bros. is a Missouri company, I like to order from them, figuring their plants are well adapted to the area and I have had good luck with what I order from them.



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4/22/13 2:36 P

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Where online would be a good place to order them?

Thanks for your reply on this.

Sunny

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4/22/13 11:16 A

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Sunny, you will probably have to buy it on line. I have tried to buy it in stores and have rarely found it. Walmart actually had some last year, Judging from the size of the roots, they were probably 1 year roots.

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4/21/13 8:42 P

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Awesome! As soon as we can garden (we have had torrential rains this past week), we are going to put in another bed. Hoping I can find some of the Purple Passion variety.

I am looking forward to our crop this year. I have lots of new recipes and can't wait.

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Got it all planted today. My ILs brought several large sections of roots. 12" is deep!! LOL Got a really good workout shoveling, toting huge root balls, mixing soil, re-shoveling, etc.. LOL emoticon

Thanks for everyone's input, help, and recipes!!

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and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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I am going to call our local nursery to see if they have the roots before I check with the online garden shops.

Thanks for letting me know. We are definitely going to put in a new bed and just hope we can find these roots.

I appreciate your posts about the Purple Passion Variety.

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4/21/13 12:05 P

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Purple Passion is the best asparagus I have ever eaten. It is one thing that rarely gets shared with neighbors. I am thinking about planning more of it so I can start freezing some for the off season.

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4/20/13 6:58 P

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Thanks, Sharon for adding the information and for the great recipe.

May just have to plant a bed of Purple Passion this year. Thanks!

Hugs, Sunny

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I agree with Sunny that you should have enough sun for asparagus. Depending on the roots you get, it does take at least 3 years to get full production from a bed. If you are willing to pay the price for 3 year old roots, you will get good production sooner than if you buy 1 or 2 year old roots or seeds. Frequently, if you get 2 or 3 year old roots you can get a short harvest (maybe 2 weeks the year after you plant them). Generally the thickest spears are produced at the first of the season and as you pick those, the spears get thinner. You should stop picking when the spears get down to the width of a pencil. On a mature bed that can be 8-10 weeks.

Personally I like Purple Passion asparagus. The spears come up purple and are sweeter than other asparagus. They do turn green when you cook them.

My favorite asparagus recipe is an asparagus salad. The only complaint I have ever had about it was at a Master Gardener pot luck, that was that there was not enough of it. (I took the largest Tupperware bowl heaving full.)

Asparagus salad
quantities of each are up to your personal taste
Purple Passion asparagus (or the green kind if you don't have it)
red and yellow bell peppers
white mushrooms
snow pea pods

marinade
olive oil
lemon juice
minced garlic
fresh basil

Cut vegetables into bite size pieces and put in zip lock bag.
Mix marinade ingredients together and pour over veggies and seal bag.
Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, shaking bag occasionally to be sure veggies stay well coated in marinade.
Serve chilled

The reason I suggest the purple asparagus for this salad is that all the colors are so beautiful together.

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4/20/13 2:44 P

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Heidi - Most people do not like it because of the way it is cooked. I roast mine in the oven. Here is the recipe. My husband said he never liked it because his mom boiled it and it was mushy. He loves it now and actually planted our Asparagus Beds.

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients
1 to 2 pounds fresh asparagus
Olive Oil
Minced Garlic
Kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they're thick, peel them. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus completely. Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with garlic,
salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes, until tender but still crisp.



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Thanks! It is the one veggie I haven't cared for all my life, but have never had fresh from the garden. Everyone says it will make a difference. Amazingly, my mostly-carnivore husband and son LOVE it, so I am hoping to learn to love it as well. emoticon

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If tomatoes and green beans do well then your asparagus will do good.

Go with confidence. Remember that it is a perennial and it will take 3 years for the produce to be it's best. We have two beds and while we had to wait, it was well worth the wait.

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We have limited full-sun areas since we live mostly in the woods. I do have 6 raised beds which an open area on the south side of our house. They get some early morning mid-summer shade and then mid summer evening shade, with more sun the rest of the year, especially in the spring while the sun is still quite south and the leaves haven't come out of the trees.

If I plant asparagus in one of these beds, will that be enough sun? Tomatoes and greenbeans do just fine.

Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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