Planting asparagus crowns was certainly a new experience but, our asparagus bed now has crowns in it! Yes, three 40 ft asparagus rows are now growing. If you remember, we had dug and prepared the beds with manure.
We received the asparagus crowns the same day as the Petit Verdot and Moscato Giallo vines. So, after the new grape vines were planted, complete with underground drip irrigation, John also laid the drip tape in the asparagus beds.
Planting Asparagus Crowns
Why do I say that planting asparagus crowns was an experience?
It started when I opened the box. I wondered what I had bought – the crowns looked like a ball of roots or maybe spaghetti gone bad!
Upon closer inspection, however, there were indeed individual crowns among the mass. I sure was relieved!
We dug 18″ deep holes. I use “we” loosely here. I did not dig a single hole but John, our 12 and 14 year old sons did! Then we made a small mound in the center of the hole – I, along with our 16 and 19 year old did this step. Once the crown was placed on the mound, we spread out the roots as evenly as possible. They looked like miniature octopuses!
Two inches of dirt was then used to cover the crowns (and roots), they were watered well and left to grow. Except for watering and watching for sprouts which are to be covered with a couple more inches of dirt – we wait. One or two years is a long time but I can already taste the asparagus. It is amazing how many yummy sounding asparagus recipes are available – I can’t wait!