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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex2012 View Post
    Now for prepping the bed... ive a raised bed they can go into, but I’ll probably move it, so whats the best thing to fill it with? I can get hold of a load of sand and manure if I need to.
    Sand and manure sounds good, also topsoil, compost, grit, leafmould - they like good drainage. Double digging the area before placing the raised bed on top would also help them get their roots deep - asparagus have enormous root systems. I dug in a generous helping of bonemeal to my bed before planting to promote root growth as well. You might want to add a bit of lime as well if your soil is on the acidic side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bario1 View Post
    Sand and manure sounds good, also topsoil, compost, grit, leafmould - they like good drainage. Double digging the area before placing the raised bed on top would also help them get their roots deep - asparagus have enormous root systems. I dug in a generous helping of bonemeal to my bed before planting to promote root growth as well.
    Fussy little buggers, ain't they!

    Seriously though....I'll be making an asparagus bed in the next week when I have a week off work and getting some crowns ordered when I get paid on Tuesday. Companies like Thompson & Morgan and D.T.Brown don't send the crowns out until March so the weather 'should' be a bit better than if they were sent out now or February!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillykat View Post
    Fussy little buggers, ain't they!
    Thing is, you only get one chance to get the bed right - once they're established you won't be digging it for 20 odd years!

    I got my crowns from Pomona Fruits, Mondeo and Guelph Millennium.
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    Hahaha you've just answered a question I've just posted a new thread about - which varieties to recommend.

    I'm off work next week so taking advantage of the good weather and going to get my asparagus bed dug, add some well rotted manure etc and have it all ready for crowns in the spring.

    I never thought about Pomona Fruits....will go and look at their website (tho' I'm sure I'll have a catalogue of their's in a drawer somewhere )

    Perhaps, as an experiment, I might get some of those 1 asparagus from Wilko and give them their own bed and see how they perform.
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    I went to Wilko at lunch time today as I am impatient lol I found two packs, so I bought them, but will go back and get some more I think. At that price, it's worth the gamble I think They look healthy and not wrinkly either, though some shoots, so I will keep them in the dark and cool.

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