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    Default First asparagus spear!

    Saw the first asparagus spear of the year poking through the compost today!
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    Just planted my Stewart's Purple crowns yesterday so this will be a post I'll be making in 2021 Or is it 2022?

    How old are yours? Can you crop them yet?
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    This is year four, so looking forward to a nice crop, they did pretty well last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillykat View Post
    Just planted my Stewart's Purple crowns yesterday so this will be a post I'll be making in 2021 Or is it 2022?
    I'll be with you hopefully Gillycat , planted my asparagus crowns a week or 2 back, Pacific2000, Mondeo and Guelph Millenium.
    I also have 2 Wilko bought ones in pots to go in after frosts and I have some Connovers Collossal seeds in the propagator to fill any gaps in the bed.
    Nice one Bario1, what variety are they?
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    Yesterday my 2nd spear had reached 5cm, just finishing a cuppa and then out to check again. number 1 nibbled by slugs <sniff>
    This will be the 1st year of harvesting hence the twice daily checks!
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    I have heard they are supposed to be a tad sweeter and more tender when cut in the morning.

    Not got any here...used to grow them in the uk.
    Jealous?.....moi?.....

    Really excited for you all....it's so lovely to be able to grow and then pick your own. Well worth the wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdood View Post
    I also have 2 Wilko bought ones in pots to go in after frosts...
    Yes, I've noticed those Wilko ones in my local store too. Was tempted to get a couple and stick them in a bed and see how they do. My local Aldi also had some Gilnjim for just 1.79 each last week but they seemed pretty small compared to the crowns I got online. Perhaps with a bit of pampering and time they'll give just as good a crop
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    Yeah the Wilko ones already had spindly sprouts which is why I've potted them up rather than in the ground at the moment, will compare against the others in a couple of years all being well.
    That seems quite expensive for Aldi, you can get various varieties at 10 for 12.45 at Mr F. at the moment and cheaper if you buy more. Free P&P this weekend too , code, F19EMAR.
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