Asparagus

Produces good yields in 3 years from seed and 1 year from roots. Grows wild in many areas, especially on well-drained banks near streams and irrigation ditches. Cultivated asparagus benefits greatly from applications of compost. Mulch to control weeds; avoid hoeing around roots which can damage growing tips. 65 roots per 100'. One packet = 3 g. = 130 seeds; 1/2 oz. = 600 seeds. CULTURE: Soak seeds for 48 hours at 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit before sowing. Place seed 3-5' apart in rows 2' apart. Transplant roots the following spring to permanent beds. Select for larger male roots, leave some female roots. Females have seed berries; males don't. Plant 1 foot deep and 18 inches apart in rows 4 feet apart; 12 inches apart in deep beds. Mulch heavily. SEASON: Cool season. Sow seeds or plant roots in early spring. MIN. SOIL TEMP: 50 degrees Fahrenheit. SOIL: Well-drained slightly basic, up to pH 7.6. COMPANION PLANT: Tomatoes, parsley and basil. PESTS: RUST, FUSARIUM ROT, GRAY MOLD: Control through fall cultivation, dusting with rock phosphate, attracting beneficial birds or spraying with sabadilla.

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