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Planned Asparagus. Which green manure?

Hi all.
I've had my allotment for a year now and plan to grow asparagus. I left it a year to be sure I knew where to locate it and I've been growing asparagus plants from seed. The spot I have earmarked currently is half full of potatoes and half empty.
I would like to sow green manure in the empty half now and over the rest of the area once the potatoes are finished. I'm struggling to decide whether this is doable or whether I should wait until the potatoes are finished and do it all in one go.
Second question, is there a green manure that is more beneficial for asparagus?
Thanks in advance for any advice.

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  • Nobbie1967
    Nobbie1967 Posts: 1,472 Forumite
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    I don’t think the asparagus will be that fussy, but I’d avoid Hungarian grazing rye as it needs a bit of digging in and could make planting hard work. I find Phacelia very easy. Just broadcast the seed on the spare patch and cut down when it starts flowering. You can probably get a second batch going before winter as I sowed in September last year and left it over winter. Hard frost will kill it, but just leave it on the surface. The roots really improved the structure of my clay and where it survived, it dried out the soil nicely ready for planting.
  • Woolsery
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    I am still trying to eradicate a yellow mustard my predecessor used some 13 years ago. I'm giving my asparagus good old well-rotted horse and pig muck. Yum!
  • Tabby_cat
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    Thanks both for your comments. My plots soil is quite loose, almost dusty in consistency but everything I've grown seems to be doing fine and I've not really been feeding anything. That must be the power of the manure I dug in last winter so I'll do the same this year. For now I think I'll just cover the empty area with weed suppressant fabric so there'll be a few less weeds to pull.
    Thanks again.  
  • in_my_wellies
    in_my_wellies Posts: 1,647 Forumite
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    Woolsery said:
    I am still trying to eradicate a yellow mustard my predecessor used some 13 years ago. I'm giving my asparagus good old well-rotted horse and pig muck. Yum!
    Well I stupidly Goggled 'Yellow mustard'  :blush:
    Love living in a village in the country side
  • Woolsery
    Woolsery Posts: 1,535 Forumite
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    Woolsery said:
    I am still trying to eradicate a yellow mustard my predecessor used some 13 years ago. I'm giving my asparagus good old well-rotted horse and pig muck. Yum!
    Well I stupidly Goggled 'Yellow mustard'  :blush:
    Add the word 'plant' and you have it. Life cycle about 30 days. Great for biology studies.

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