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sean
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 18 1:15 pm    Post subject: Asparagus is in.  Reply with quote    

Yee-hah. First of the year in the greengrocer today.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 18 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Still Peruvian in our local. Will tell the missus to berate the miserable old sod

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 18 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ooh i will check the market on the morrow

sean
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 18 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Roasted with a fried egg and a dusting of smoke paprika for lunch in the sunshine.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 18 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I had reheated curry in a gloomy staffroom.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 18 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd left you asparagus to have with your dinner though.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 18 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 18 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

On a scale of 1-10, how much effort is it to grow the stuff?

Slim



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 18 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gythagirl wrote:
On a scale of 1-10, how much effort is it to grow the stuff?


Year 1 is where the majority of the effort occurs. And that largely depends upon whether you are planting crowns, or seedlings. (Seedlings are more work, since you'll plant them deep, but only fill in their trench a bit over a year or two. Crowns get planted and that's about it)

The rest is weeding and re-applying mulch, harvesting (after about year 3), and removing/destroying canes at the end of the season to remove habitat for things like asparagus beetle (at least around here)

The effort required for weeding/mulching depends upon your system, your frequency, etc....

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 18 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gythagirl wrote:
On a scale of 1-10, how much effort is it to grow the stuff?


from seed, moderately.
from crowns, a bit.

if you know how to make a friable and very rich soil, pretty easy.
takes a few years to get it ready for heavy cropping and it is a rolling process.

next to a leaky compost heap can be a good spot

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