Grow Asparagus: Put it to bed for Winter

Grow Asparagus: Put it to bed for Winter

Grow Asparagus

You love Asparagus! You decided to grow Asparagus in your garden. Good for you. Well done.

Now what?  Well, your Asparagus is happy that you love it, but do you know how to put it to bed for the Winter? It really is simple. Follow these few simple steps to ensure a good harvest every year.

Collect Seeds

This step may not be needed if you have all male plants. What? you didn’t know that the plants are male and female? It’s ok, gardening is a journey. You’ll pick it up fast! The female plant is the only one that produces the seed berries. If you find that you have plants that produce berries you may want to collect seeds to share with friends or grow more plants. The female plants may produce less stalks for your kitchen table so if you don’t care about seeds you can remove the berry producing plants from your garden to make room for other higher producing plants.

Remove Dead Stalks

Once the stalks have all turned brown you need to get in there with the pruners to cut them off at the base.  Here in Texas the Asparagus doesn’t turn all brown sometimes. This is why in the video some of mine still looks a bit green… and why I’m posting this in February! Removing the dead stalks will clean up the garden bed to allow for plenty of space for the new growing season coming up. Add those dry stalks to the compost or feed them to the goats.

Pull Weeds

Take a few minutes to take the larger weeds out of the bed at this time. If you are on this all year you won’t have much to do here, but if you notice my garden sometimes the weeds are like a bunch of teenagers having a party.

Add Compost

This is a vital step. Your Asparagus loves rich soil! You can give it just what it wants with some rich compost. Make it yourself for wonderful, full-of-life goodness. If you cannot make it, it’s ok, bagged compost is good too. Just avoid chemical fertilizers. Your veggies like real life!

Cover With Leaves

You don’t go to bed without a blanket, right? Well, give some extra love when you grow Asparagus. Put it to bed in the Winter with a good layer of leaves. Leaves are typically a free resource that provide a wonderful mulch blanket to your garden. These leaves are also full of minerals that feed your soil. The worms love them as well. Adding leaves encourages worms to move into your garden bed. They eat the leaves helping them break down, then they leave their castings (poop) behind which is the best fertilizer around.

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Grow Asparagus and put it to bed for the Winter properly to ensure a good growing season next Spring.

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7 thoughts on “Grow Asparagus: Put it to bed for Winter”

  1. What do you do with the leaves in the spring? I’m guessing they wouldn’t be 100% decomposed, or would they? Do you just let the asparagus grow up through any remaining layer of leaves, or do you remove some of the remaining leaves? Thank you

  2. I do mine a bit different. Starting at one end and working to the other I cut all the canes down going in one direction, which is the usual direction my winds blows. All the canes are hilled over the bed, then I cover the canes with a durable deer fence netting and put down a few rocks to hold the netting down. Come early spring I pull the netting off, pick-up the now fragile-easy -to-break canes which have released their food energy back to the soil & berries. The berries are now started seedlings and I compost the remaining canes. You can gently bring up the seedlings that grow like a carpet and pot them up.

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