How to Plant Bare Root Asparagus Plants
Asparagus is one of my favorite garden plants. It is the first vegetable to harvest in the spring, it’s perennial, and it tastes great. What more could you ask for? Most people establish an asparagus patch with bare root asparagus plants. It is best to plant in early spring as soon as the soil is warm enough to work. I would not harvest any asparagus spears the first season. Just let it grow, and cut it back in the late fall when the ferns go brown. You should be able to harvest the following spring. The herbs caraway and basil make nice companions. I will be seeding in caraway amongst the patch in mid-April and basil after the fear of frost has past. (Video at the bottom of the article)
1. Dig an 8 inch deep trench and 1 foot wide. Dig your trench long enough that you can space your asparagus roots 1 foot apart.
2. Make mounds of soil to rest the crown of the asparagus plant on and have the roots gently spread out on the mound.
3. Water your asparagus roots.
4. Backfill with the existing soil. The crown or growing point of the asparagus plant should be 1 inch under the soil.
5. Add 1-2 inches of mulch to suppress weeds. Make sure any existing weeds are removed. Weeds can ruin an asparagus patch as the roots can get tangled.
6. Give the patch another good watering.