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4/14/10 9:23 A

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We have picked some but the ones in the new bed are very small so maybe another year before they produce really well. In the meantime, enjoying what I can get from the old bed.

Take care and have an Wonderful Wednesday. Our Apple Trees, Lilacs and Quince are in full bloom. Think I will head outside soon with the camera.



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My new asparagus crowns have been in the bed over a week and just one little teeny spear is peeking up. I guess it hasn't helped that we're not having enough rain. I guess I need to be patient, can't eat them this year anyway! LOL--I just want to see those little green rockets!


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3/14/10 8:32 P

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Brenda - Our new bed is raised and we are considering another one this year. Our original bed is not a raised bed but still produces good.

You want really good soil. Test the ph and if it has acid, you will want to work in some lime.

Plant 2 year crowns (check your nursery early as they do go fast). We put out 40 crowns in our new bed.

Here is a great video on you tube which shows you how to plant the crowns.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGTJgwPVGyw

Hope this helps!

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Sunny can you tell me more about your asparagus beds? Sun, soil type, watering preference, location....I've heard raised beds are best as they are very aggressive feeders.
I'm an asparagus rookie...enlighten me oh gardener of asparagus success.... emoticon
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Thanks for your input everyone! I spent a good part of the weekend on the veggie plot....spiffin' up the soil with worm dirt and tilling a new area for the summer crops.

Put the sugar snap pea seeds in, and planted dill seeds and cilantro seeds in pots. Also planted oodles of morning glory seeds in blue's, purple's and a red variety that will be glorious if the seeds take.

I usually wait a little longer and buy plants...this will be my first all seed planting. I can hardly wait to see what happens. If it's a bomb...at least the investment wasn't big.


Waiting for the hubs to return from Germany before I build the raised bed for the asparagus...and yes...it sounds like going with seed will be an experiment for sure. I love the foliage they provide so at least the 3-4 year wait will still provide a smile.

It was sunny and hit about 70 but the wind was a bugger. Didn't seem to bother the birds and honey bees though. I had choirs of them singin' as I worked....oh how I love the spring!!

Have a blessed week...
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I'm in zone 6a on the Canadian hardiness zone map and the link that was provided for last frost below says ours is April 29th but I KNOW from past years that we don't start planting outdoors until the long weekend in May because we've had snow in May before.

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Nothing can beat tomatoes or asparagus fresh out of your own garden!!
I have not heard of planting asparagus from seed. I would think it would at least 3 or 4 years before you could eat any of it.
I agree with Sunny that crowns would be better to plant.
But I am no expert! LOL And experiments are fun sometimes!!

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3/12/10 7:03 A

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Brenda - I love Asparagus and have two asparagus beds - one well established and one we just started last year. They really do well if you start them from crowns rather than seeds. You might be able to start them from seeds since you are in California but we buy 1-2 year crowns at our local garden store & don't harvest them the first year. The second year will produce some large enough to harvest and by the 3rd year, they they are well established.

Take care and I hope this helps some. Good luck with your Asparagus.

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Yikes...now I'm hesitating on getting the "cool weather" spring seeds in. I'm in zone 8 high desert of So. Cal. and our summers are very extreme!!! So my herbs and sugar snaps didn't do well once the temps turned. My seed packets are showing March for my area... but the link ( awesome...thnx BTW) shows Barstow which is about 45 minutes north of here as having last frost 4/15.
Reckon I'll take my chances...gulp...
Oh...
does anyone have any handy dandy tips on artichokes and asparagus? I know since I'll be starting these with seed later in the season, it will be 2-3 years before I enjoy any harvest. Just curious if anyone has any wisdom to share. emoticon
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I'm on the edge of zone 6/7, so I act like we're in 6 as things can be unpredictable and can go either way, such as last frost. I love that last frost Victory site, by the way, and bookmarked it. It didn't list a city near me but North of me the last frost date was 5/3.

That's actually about right because for most of my area, we use a rule of thumb of Mother's Day, or if you want to be super safe because of what's in the Alamanac on a given year, then May 15. So Mother's Day falls on May 9 this year, making 5/3 a pretty accurate last frost prediction, I think.

Speaking of Mother's Day, is everyone ready for the "three big dates" next week?

Mar 14 - daylight savings time
Mar 17 - St. Patrick's day
Mar 20 - first day of Spring!!!

Also Palm Sunday is Mar 28, and the first day of Passover is Mar 30.

And then we'll only have 9 months of the year left.

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I am in zone 5.
We can usually plant around the 1st of May but sometimes have to cover some things up for a night or two.
We have a frost once in a while after the 1st. Sounds like we may have that this spring.

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I'm in zone 6 too but at 6700 ft in AZ. We have probably had 5 ft of snow this year - maybe had snow 20 times. The beds are a mess emoticon

However the pines will do wonderful!! In fact we are actually watching a small Ponderosa pine grow - almost an inch a day ;-)

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I am in Zone 6 also and we have lots of mud right now and understand we have rain in the forecast for the next 3 days. YIKES!

Weather is Crazy - we are in a tornado watch now.

I am ready for sunshine and a drying out.

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I live in zone 6 and the weather here is crazy. It has been in the 60 - 70's here (unusual) but very wet so can't do anything.

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Great site - thanks! It has been 18 degrees the end of May here before, looks like it just might beat that this year!

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I suppose it will then just turn really hot for the summer!! LOL

Here is a neat site for finding out your "last frost date" for the Spring.....
www.victoryseeds.com/frost/

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What zone do you live in? I live in zone 4 and we are getting rain with lots of snow on the ground yet. Flood waters are rising in the state. I was told the frost is only 6" deep. Why I know that is because we live in a very small area and we had a funeral. The grave digger per chance found that out.

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I'm the new team leader for the Garden Notes Section. HI!

I have had a very bad start to gardening this year- we are still getting snow. Have done nothing outside yet in the beds. Figured I'd better see what the forecast for spring was - not good. Suppose to be wet and cold

http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/a/
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