Hi everyone! I read the other thread about new asparagus beds, but it didn’t address my questions: When is the best time to plant in zone 5? Does anyone have a favorite variety? How many should I plant to feed two (asparagus-loving!) people? Can asparagus be preserved? I have a spot in full sun with slightly rocky soil that is about 4′ x 4′. Is this enough space?
I like the Jersey (all-male) kinds and I order in winter and plant as early as I can prep the trench. If it’s a very soggy spring that might be early May here; if dry in April, I may go ahead after mid-month or so. The how-to and such:
I planted my bed in mid April (Zone 5) and used Mary Washington. I planted one 4′ x 8′ raised bed, and it is enough to feed my husband and I and still give some away. Hardest part was waiting three years to harvest! Enjoy! Jayne
Thank you! Very helpful. It’s nearly mid-March, so I better jump to get my orders in!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.