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How To Grow Asparagus

Watch more Vegetable Gardening videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to grow asparagus with these helpful tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Buy crowns Buy asparagus crowns at your local nursery or through a catalog. Tip You can start with seeds, but seeds take longer to grow. Step 2: Find a spot Select a well-draining site that gets at least partial sun. Full sun is not necessary. Step 3: Prepare soil Make sure the soil is slightly acidic with a pH of 6.5. Eliminate all weeds from the area. Tip For a soil test, check the USDA web site for a Cooperative Extension System office near you. Step 4: Dig a trench Dig a v-shaped trench that is 6 to 8 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches wide. Step 5: Set the crowns Plant the crowns 12 to 16 inches apart for thick spears or 8 to 10 inches apart for thin spears. Then cover the crowns with 2 to 3 inches of soil and add water. Step 6: Maintain Slowly refill the trench throughout the growing season, but don't cover the shoots as they grow. Step 7: Harvest Harvest and enjoy plants started from crowns in the spring of their second year and plants started from seed in the spring of their third year. Did You Know? Genetics play a role in whether or not your pee smells after eating asparagus.
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