PRE­PARE A BED FOR AS­PARA­GUS

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If you’ve got space, an as­para­gus bed will re­ward you with spring treats for many years. Look out for bare-rooted as­para­gus crowns ap­pear­ing at gar­den cen­tres from the end of July or or­der from NZ’s only as­para­gus breeder, Dr Peter Fal­lon, at As­para Pacific. Keep dor­mant crowns in a tray of damp pot­ting mix un­til the soil warms up to around 12°C – mid-Septem­ber up north but wait un­til Oc­to­ber down south – to avoid the risk of them rot­ting.

Mean­while get their per­ma­nent home ready. An as­para­gus bed will pro­duce for more than 20 years so it’s worth putting the ef­fort in. Choose a spot in full sun with good drainage where you can keep it

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