Joined: Jul-27-2003 Location: Outside the Maritime Pacific Northwest Posts: 101 bullet Topic: moving asparagus Posted: Sep-11-2004 at 7:47am Now that my asparagus bed is 3 years old and well established (got my first real harvest this year, YUM!),I find it necessary to move it. What is the best way to do this and once I do move it how long will I have to wait to harvest. dusty
Joined: Jul-26-2003 Location: Washington, Puget Sound Corridor Posts: 944 Posted: Sep-12-2004 at 8:41am Dusty, If you started with plants (not seed) 3 years ago, you have a good idea of how long. This time the roots will be much larger and so will the crowns. I have never dug them to advise you so I would encourage that you take a plant at the end of a row and start digging carefully from some distance away. That way you can see the SIZE of the problem before you committ to taking it on. I do know that they have an extensive root system which can grow many feet deep. If yours are down past four feet now, that will give you a measure of how long it will take to grow back to harvest size. Gary
Location: Oregon, Willamette Valley
Posted: Sep-19-2004 at 1:24pm
We had a similar problem when we first moved here. We planted a row of asparagus near the bottom of the hill--found out within a year of two that it was located where the creek that once flowed under our house drained into the ditch below our property. Yeh, every deluge aided the top soil to fill in the ditch below--the farmer thoughtfully thanked us for the top soil! So, we determined to move the garden into a less drain prone area. However, We didnt have good luck locating the whole asparagus crowns, and to this day, 26 years later, there are always a few spears and ferns that decorate the area annually. Bite the bullet: Buy new crowns and start over.