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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-08-2010, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Wild Asparagus

So, I've got lots of wild asparagus in my area. There's a few big ferns out in my back fields, and a few others on some road cuts near work. Like I said, these are big ferns right now because I didn't know where they were when they were coming up or I'd still be taking spears from them.

So, what can I do with these? If I cut them now, will they send up spears that I can take this year? Can these be dug up and replanted so I don't have to hunt for them next year?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-08-2010, 04:27 PM
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Re: Wild Asparagus

MH can you post a pic?
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It reproducec by roots and seed so cutting doesn't hert it. It takes 2 years or so to get any good reproduction from roots so I wouldn't dig roots and replant. If you want to your own patch you would be better off buying commercial roots. When I was kid, my mother would give me a paring knife and a paper bag and I would just walk down the road from my house and cut all we could eat untill it all went to seed. Today with the use of herbicides you can't do that any more. The use of road salt back then helped the stuff grow.




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Re: Wild Asparagus

John S- your mentioning salt brought to mind thast my uncle always used to salt his asparagus beds. He said it made it grow better by keeping the weeds down. I also wondered if the asparagus needed the chemicals in salt for better growth. Any thoughts?
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Yes, I do know what it is but there is something in salt that asparagus likes. My uncle grew it commercially and he salted his beds periodically and it ws for nutrician not weeds.




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Re: Wild Asparagus

So, here's what I'm wondering: These things are a few years old, so their roots are well established. I know when you have roots that you're harvesting, if you cut a spear, a new spear comes up. If I cut these big ferns, will spears come up, or will it be done for the year?

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They are done for the yer, when it gets this hot the new growth will bolt into seed.




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Salt on the asparagas? Not a bad idea. A little butter helps also, or ya could go with a nice hollandaise sauce.
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John is it regular table salt? I just started using Epsom Salt this year in the garden. Plants are looking real good using it especially peppers
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I think my uncle used rock salt on the asparagus patch. I also use epsom salt on my tomatoes and peppers since I read about it here. It works.




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