Time to Plant Asparagus!

Asparagus can be started from seed, but in most cases it makes more sense to plant established crowns bought from a reputable nursery since seeds take a year to produce a usable crown. Crowns are planted as early in spring as the ground can be prepared.


  • To plant crowns, dig a six-to eight-inch-deep trench about a foot wide, and place a shovelful of compost every fifteen to eighteen inches; set out the crowns on these compost mounds with the roots fully spread out (not doubled over).
  • The side of the crown with the buds (the small lumps from which the spears will grow) should be pointing up and four to six inches below the surface of the bed. *Cover the crowns with a few inches of soil and compost mix, and leave the remainder of the soil from the trench heaped between the rows.
  • As the first season progresses and the asparagus ferns grow, gradually fill in the trenches until the soil surface is level again.
  • Avoid covering the foliage at any point, as this will slow fern growth and thus lower future yields.
  • Water new beds regularly, at least weekly.

Adapted from Straight-Ahead Organic,by Shepherd Ogden. Copyright (c)1992, 1999 by Shepherd Ogden. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green Publishing Company.
Adapted from Straight-Ahead Organic, by Shepherd Ogden.

19 comments

Eco M I A MoonWalk Again

Thank you for the sharing this information.

Eco M I A MoonWalk Again

Great article

Nancy H.
Nancy H4 years ago

Love me some asparagus! :)

Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor4 years ago

I always soght after a method that could odorize my urine while tasting great. My search is over. Thanks.

Lisa F.
Lisa J4 years ago

I heard that (cooked) asparagus heals cancer ... maybe the strong urine smell is that of the release of toxins along with the powerful asparagus aroma ... LOL

Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson4 years ago

Thank you! Asparagus is sooo good!

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel5 years ago

thanks for post.

Melissa V.
Past Member 5 years ago

yum

Neil A.
Neil A5 years ago

Be warned if you eat a lot then your pee will smell strongly but still good for composting etc.

Neil A.
Neil A5 years ago

I was really successful in the UK Midlands but not working well here yet ?? be warned there is a rather attractive asparagus beetle that can diminsh the bed so need to pick off before it layers eggs to give leaf eating grubs.