I planted some asparagus "crowns" the other day. I didn't know anything about planting it until I bought them from the garden center and the manager told me what to do. I was disappointed to hear, though, that I will have to wait a year to eat anything even though spears will appear this year. Apparently you need to allow the root system to get established first. The good news is that asparagus is a perennial plant and these crowns could last for 10 years.
After I made two trenches, I made mounds inside each trench. I spread out the roots on top of the mound. Then I covered the roots with the dirt. I placed markers (old ice cream sticks) at each place so I will know where I've planted them. Lastly, I added mulch on top to discourage weeds.
So now I water and wait.
|The raised bed before planting. This bed had tomatoes and squash last year.|
|The first trench only took up about half of the raised bed area.|
|The asparagus crowns came in a bundle of 10.|
|One crown has lots of roots.|
|Within the trench I made mounds for each crown.|
|I spread the roots out over the mound.|
|Both trenches had five crowns.|
|The trenches were covered up with mulch.|
|This mulch was fairly coarse with larger pieces of wood chips.|