PLANT OF THE WEEK
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- Did you know that Asparagus has been around for at least 2,000 years?
- Asparagus was so highly regarded in England that the thought of setting up a colony in Australia without asparagus was unthinkable, so seed was included in the list of vegetables carried by Sirius, one of the ships of the First Fleet.If you look in old seed catalogues that date back as far as the 19th century you’ll find that Asparagus was popular with Australians even back then.
- In fact, do I buy seed, or tubers or what? I’m here to tell you all that.
|Planting asparagus crowns|
- So what do you do with Asparagus really?
- So find a sunny spot in the garden where you don’t mind some veggies growing there year after year.Preferably with soil that’s been given some Dolomite and heaps and heaps of compost and complete plant food.
- To plant, dig out a shallow trench 30cm wide and 20cm deep. Incorporate well-rotted manure to the base of the trench and cover the base with a 5cm layer of excavated soil.
- Be sure to buy fresh crowns, as they often dry out while on display.
- Place the crowns onto a small mound in the centre of the furrow, so that the roots point down at about 45°, spread the roots out carefully. Backfill with compost to a depth of 7.5 cm.
- Space the plants 45cm apart, with 1.2 m between rows.
- Fill in the trench gradually as growth progresses. Doesn’t sound too hard does it?
|Ferny foliage of spring growth of asparagus|
- PICKING THAT ASPARAGUS
- Spears are harvested in two ways which gives them a different colour.
- White asparagus is grown below the ground and not exposed to light.
- When harvested it’s cut below the surface before being lifted out of the soil.
- If spears are allowed grow in sunlight they turn a green colour.
- For green, only hill about 10cm (4”) and allow the spear to grow 15cm (6”) above the soil, making sure to cut the spear just below ground level. Asparagus is most delicious when the time between cutting and serving is kept to a minimum.
- When you’re cutting the spears, do it carefully to avoid injuring the crown.
Of course you assessed the soil you have in the garden after listening to last week’s segment didn’t you?
So what next, are you happy to choose just plants that you love or do you need to be a bit more discerning?
Let’s find out ? I'm talking with Glenice Buck of Glenice Buck Designs.
PLAY:Plant It_17th July 2019
Digging some more in the garden is also involved when it comes to planting, but don’t just plonk the plant into a hole you’ve dug, fill it, and water in, then hope for the best.
Preparation is the key to success.
|Preparation before planting|
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