As a Horticultural Suppliers based in the Vale of Evesham it seems fitting that our first blog is about asparagus. So we thought we'd share with you some tips on how to care for asparagus this season.
Once established, asparagus will deliver spears from April to the middle of June every year. This will only happen if they are looked after, making sure you keep up with watering, weeding, feeding and pest control. Having healthy crowns is also essential! making sure there is a good mass of summer fern to allow crowns to refuel and in late autumn, making sure the soil drains well. If you keep caring for your aspagus and achieve a good amount of spears, you can now focus on the next stage.
- Stop cutting spears after six to seven weeks and ensure you weed around the plants. Make sure you control the weeds as you don't want them overpowering the asparagus. Be careful when doing this and NEVER use a hoe as it will damage the shallow roots.
- It is a good idea to feed again as the fern grows. Use a general purpose fertiliser or add well rotted manure into the mulch.
- During drought periods, give the bed a soak. Whilst the soil is moist you can then add an 8cm layer of garden compost in order to conserve moisture.
- Keep a close eye on your fern! The stems often have slugs at the base which need moving. Asparagus beetles and their larvae can damage the fern unless they're removed
So now you have a simple guide for caring for asparagus, you may feel more confident to give it a try. If you have a space in your vegetable plot, it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to grow these delicious vegetables.
Pop along to the Asparagus Festival in Evesham this weekend (2nd-4th June) if you're in the area. And why not come and visit our showroom on Vale Park, Evesham. We're open on Saturday, 8.30am to 12.00noon and Monday- Friday 8am to 5pm. We stock and supply all types of compost and fertilisers for all your growing needs.
http://www.britishasparagusfestival.org/ Here is everything you need to know about upcoming asparagus events in and around Evesham.