Asparagus Winter Care: Tips On Winterizing Asparagus Beds
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How To Grow Asparagus From Seed
You may want to consider planting some seeds in the fall. You will need to wait until spring before harvesting them. If you are lucky enough, you might get a few sprouts starting in the summer.
However, it’s not guaranteed that they’ll produce into new plants at all! They’re just seeds, so if they don’t germinate, then they won’t make it through the winter.
The good news is that you can plant as many seeds as you like during the spring and summer months. You will only need to wait until after the first frost to harvest them. When the snow melts in late September or October, your asparagus seeds should start sprouting right away!
After the first frost, harvesting will be complete by the time the weather gets cold again. You’ll have several weeks to cut as much as you’d like for the entire year.
If you don’t want to wait, you can always use someone else’s fresh asparagus seeds. Just make sure that they’re wet and packed in a container or bag for you to store over the winter!
Asparagus care in winter seems to be easy. The plant itself is hardy and can take a good amount of abuse. It’s practically maintenance free, which is perfect for busy people!
Just remember to water it about once every couple of weeks. That is unless it’s very hot and dry outside. If that’s the case, you may need to water it more frequently.
You may need to fertilize it once or twice during the growing season, but only mix at half strength.
Bugs and diseases don’t seem to be much of a problem. If you have a lot of slugs or snails in your area, then you might want to acquire some snails to eat them! You can also use some milky spore solution (available at any garden center).
Just make sure that it’s safe for edible plants before you apply it.
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