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will asparagus grow through mulch?

JustCJustC Member, Moderator Posts: 16,035 ******
edited May 2012 in General Discussion
if I mulch my asparagus box to help keep weeds down, will the new crowns grow through the mulch?

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  • BarzilliaBarzillia Member Posts: 21,848 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Yep, keep them covered and you will get white asparagus, the most delicate kind.

    It's asparagus festival time in Germany and much of Europe.
    "Anger has two children -.hope, and courage." Augustine, Bishop of Hippo

    "Und es wird nicht hineingehen irgend ein Gemeines und das da Greuel tut und Luge,
    sondern die geschrieben sind in dem Lebensbuch des Lammes."
  • FrancFFrancF Member, Moderator Posts: 35,278 ******
    edited November -1
    Sorry- I am the only guy on the planet earth that considers asparagus a vial weed.[:D]
  • JustCJustC Member, Moderator Posts: 16,035 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Barzillia
    Yep, keep them covered and you will get white asparagus, the most delicate kind.

    It's asparagus festival time in Germany and much of Europe.


    are they strong enough to emerge from the mulch on their own?
  • guntech59guntech59 Member Posts: 23,192 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by FrancF
    Sorry- I am the only guy on the planet earth that considers asparagus a vial weed.[:D]


    No, you are not! They have the same taste as a piece of rebar....just my opinion, of course.
  • bigoutsidebigoutside Member Posts: 19,443
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by JustC
    quote:Originally posted by Barzillia
    Yep, keep them covered and you will get white asparagus, the most delicate kind.

    It's asparagus festival time in Germany and much of Europe.


    are they strong enough to emerge from the mulch on their own?


    Yes. Your daffodils had no problems, right? Same thing.
  • yoshmysteryoshmyster Member Posts: 19,211 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by JustC
    quote:Originally posted by Barzillia
    Yep, keep them covered and you will get white asparagus, the most delicate kind.

    It's asparagus festival time in Germany and much of Europe.


    are they strong enough to emerge from the mulch on their own?


    I thought they used hay to keep them white.
  • bigoutsidebigoutside Member Posts: 19,443
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by yoshmyster
    quote:Originally posted by JustC
    quote:Originally posted by Barzillia
    Yep, keep them covered and you will get white asparagus, the most delicate kind.

    It's asparagus festival time in Germany and much of Europe.


    are they strong enough to emerge from the mulch on their own?


    I thought they used hay to keep them white.


    Hay will work, you need to pile it on though. So will a big box. The object is to keep all sun off of them.
  • Alan RushingAlan Rushing Member Posts: 9,002 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Yes, asparagus will grow through leaf or grass mulch.

    And that is a very good notion that you have there as well. [^]
  • bigoutsidebigoutside Member Posts: 19,443
    edited November -1
    What they WONT survive is the yard guy spraying them with extended control roundup as the ferns are sprouting early in year two.

    Thats what we did last weekend.[V]

    Oh well! There's always next decade!
  • bigcitybillbigcitybill Member Posts: 4,726 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    EVERYTHING grows through mulch.
  • JustCJustC Member, Moderator Posts: 16,035 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by bigoutside
    What they WONT survive is the yard guy spraying them with extended control roundup as the ferns are sprouting early in year two.

    Thats what we did last weekend.[V]

    Oh well! There's always next decade!


    damn man,..my condolences[V] I love asparagus. We planted crowns last year, and this year some of the stalks are as thick as a dime[:p] we are looking to go in with another 20+ crowns this year.
  • JustCJustC Member, Moderator Posts: 16,035 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Alan Rushing

    Yes, asparagus will grow through leaf or grass mulch.

    And that is a very good notion that you have there as well. [^]


    We do love the fresh asparagus[:p]
  • NEIAPredatorNEIAPredator Member Posts: 1,443
    edited November -1
    We salt ours. Just get a bag of that water softner salt and dump it on. Kills the weeds and won't hurt the asparagus. Asparagus likes salt actually.
  • MudderChuckMudderChuck Member Posts: 4,105
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by yoshmyster
    quote:Originally posted by JustC
    quote:Originally posted by Barzillia
    Yep, keep them covered and you will get white asparagus, the most delicate kind.

    It's asparagus festival time in Germany and much of Europe.


    are they strong enough to emerge from the mulch on their own?


    I thought they used hay to keep them white.




    I've watched them do it around here, they plant year old plants in rows and keep piling loose dirt on top. You see them growing in raised rows, the mounds grow as the plants grow. The white is the stalk trying to get to the top of the soil. They seem to favor sandy soil, at least most of the plots I've seen seemed sandy. They tend to plant on flood plains that drain well. Pretty much the same soil that works for Pumpkins. Getting the white ones seems pretty labor intensive, you see people out in the fields continuously.

    I'm not a big fan of Asparagus, all I really know is what I've observed. I sit at the edge of the Asparagus field and wait for the field workers to flush a Hare or Rabbit.[:D]
  • He DogHe Dog Member Posts: 48,501 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Why on earth would you intentionally plant that stuff?[xx(] Baiting pigs?[}:)]
  • JustCJustC Member, Moderator Posts: 16,035 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by He Dog
    Why on earth would you intentionally plant that stuff?[xx(] Baiting pigs?[}:)]


    Come on Dale,..you don't like some fresh grilled asparagus?? you need to travel over to the right coast and let me show ya sumthin[:p]
  • GuvamintCheeseGuvamintCheese Member Posts: 38,932
    edited November -1
    Grilled fresh asparagus basted with sesame oil and soy sauce is da bomb!

    Yes it will eventually grow thru the mulch as long as the mulch isn't real deep. Deep mulch gets real hot and kills everything under it.
  • instrumentofwarinstrumentofwar Member Posts: 1,545 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by FrancF
    Sorry- I am the only guy on the planet earth that considers asparagus a vial weed.[:D]


    Plus infinity!!!!!!!!

    When I was a kid I would "accidentally" mow over the asparagus, oops[:0]
  • JamesRKJamesRK Member Posts: 25,672 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I like asparagus but I don't understand why it's so expensive. It ain't like it's hard to grow. Once you get it started it will be there for years after you try to get rid of it.
    The road to hell is paved with COMPROMISE.
  • tacking1tacking1 Member Posts: 3,844
    edited November -1
    if I say that people who don't like asparagus are idgets will I get the thread locked?

    the top rack of the grill is for asparagus, corn, and onions....
  • whiteclouderwhiteclouder Member Posts: 10,797
    edited November -1
    It will push through the piles left behind a ditch scraper so mulch will present little problem.

    It grows wild out here. I pickle it with garlic and California red peppers.

    Clouder..
  • rcrxmike_2rcrxmike_2 Member Posts: 3,275
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by whiteclouder
    It will push through the piles left behind a ditch scraper so mulch will present little problem.

    It grows wild out here. I pickle it with garlic and California red peppers.

    Clouder..


    That sounds awesome! I steam it over a shallow frying pan with some herbs in the water.... also, will grille it.... or in an aluminum foil pouch with balsamic vinagrette....
  • JustCJustC Member, Moderator Posts: 16,035 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by whiteclouder
    It will push through the piles left behind a ditch scraper so mulch will present little problem.

    It grows wild out here. I pickle it with garlic and California red peppers.

    Clouder..


    anytime you wanna mail me a few bundles,..it won't hurt my feelins[;)][:D]
  • Marc1301Marc1301 Member Posts: 31,806 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I love the stuff,......had it for the past two nights.[;)]
    So what if your 'pee' smells a little weird for awhile.

    I like balsamic vinegar, or lemon juice and coarse ground pepper on mine.[:p]
    "Beam me up Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here." - William Shatner
  • Alan RushingAlan Rushing Member Posts: 9,002 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Plant good stock properly and it's the sort of gift that keeps giving and giving for a mighty, mighty long time! [:0] [;)] [^]
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