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    Some yield trials below, albeit from poland, but same as what I have experienced ie purples poor yield compared to greens and highest yielders all male varieties. The highest yielder was Mondeo which Bario recommended above. Here found Gijnlim slightly better but thats because im on clay with high winter rainfall plus im useless

    http://www.inhort.pl/files/journal_I...%282%29_16.pdf

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    Thanks all for your helpful advice. No weed suppressant then. Bario1 - there are two of us. The bed is 2.5 metres x 1.25 metres.
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    Some info below that I used on planting density and yield. 88,888 plants hectare was best in year 3 producing 2855 kg ha. So as you have 3.125m2 then that is 27.75 plants and 0.89kg yield. If you have a walk way around the bed then it could be argued your light collection area is bigger than 3.125m so can move yield higher, also newer varieties yield higher. Being as half mine failed to come up it was good planted a lot as its hard to add more later, I have found the older plants ferns just smoother out the younger ones so killing them, unless on the outside of the bed where they still get light

    http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/...4/652.full.pdf

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    Realistically though, I don't think you could get 27.75(??) plants in a 8'x4' bed. I think the OP's original plan of 15 is more sensible - or, for the sake of neatness, two rows of 8? You could potentially fit another staggered row in the middle if you planted the outer rows near the edges of the bed, but you'd lose a lot of the surrounding paths to ferns between June and November!
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    Yes agree Bario1 thats too many but pleased I used that rate which was 30 in my 3.25m2 plot, as nearly half mine died so have 17 left which seems about right to my inexperienced eye. So think planting number is down to how many one can get to live Thought I was pretty hopeless to get so many die but the second bed from seed, where the ferns are as big or bigger this year than the first bed says to me part of the issue may have been the crowns I brought from a well known online name may have been below quality
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    Yes, thatís the problem. Getting the crowns from a reliable source. Thank you rooter for the link , it was very interesting. I have had the delivery of one tonne of top soil. Will add well rotted manure and compost. I will plant 16 crowns. Have decided on only two varieties based on the advice that the yield may not be enough for us. Just for the hell of it, I am going to plant a row of crowns in some stoney, deep soil which has not been prepped and see what the yield is. I have tested the soil and it is alkaline so I think that is good. Anyone disagree? I will keep you all posted and give you the results in a couple of yearís time. 😀
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    Uk yield trial links below, more like 1kg M2 so that's 3kg in theory. As you said they will be expensive asparagus like mine , but hopefully get 20 years output

    https://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/sit...l%20Report.pdf
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