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Bed for asparagus

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I have just ordered 12 asparagus crowns from Dobies :j I have always put off growing it because it takes so long, but we have been here over 6 years now, and if I had just started it when we moved in, we'd be away by now:rotfl:

Now-I am building raised beds, so one of them will be for the asparagus-will a 1.1m square bed be ok? or would it need to be in a bigger (2.2x1.1m) one?

Also-full sun or partial shade? The beds are at the top of the garden, and are pretty sunny, but I haven't fixed the spot for the small square one yet, it is going to be more central I think, so sunny all day

Will a mix of peat free compost, top soil and manure be ok? Or should I mix in some sand? Can anyone recommend an idiots guide to planting it-pref with pictures?

And finally-is there anyway to make a bare bed look pretty? :rotfl: :o If I put it in the small one, as I said, its sort of in the middle of the garden, so will be seen a lot (not so much from the house-as its up a slope about 30m away, but when we have people round in the garden it is at the top where the decking is etc.

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  • poppysarah
    poppysarah Posts: 11,522 Forumite
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    plant crowns 30cm apart and rows 30cm apart
    according to http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_growingasparagus1.shtml

    You can work out how much space you need - go and 'fake' planting them out to see how big it needs to be
  • ellie14
    ellie14 Posts: 1,342 Forumite
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    I bought y crowns from Kent Asparagus farm
    https://www.asparagus-in-kent.co.uk/
    They have a website with advice,asparagus needs quite a bit of space.

    I dug my bed about 2ft down,laid a foot deep with good rotted manure,then with good top soil I made mounds one each for the crowns so they were raised away from the manure ,then covered them over with top soil and gave plenty of water.
    I did not pick the first year.
    End of season I put more rotted manure on top ,and kept the watering up to scratch,expecting a good crop again,take a look at their site and good luck.
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