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How to plant asparagus legs

Asparagus is multi-year cultivation, which means that it must remain in the same garden plot for a few years, therefore it must not be sown every year.

Asparagus can produce up to 20 years if the asparagus is carefully cultivated. It is not the simplest cultivation among vegetables, but certainly, this perennial plant can give great satisfaction to those who will be able to take care of it well.

There are two ways to plant an asparagus plant: you can start from the seeds by letting them develop

the seedling, or obtain rhizomes from existing plants. These rhizomes are called “legs” and certainly represent the simplest way to introduce this crop in your garden.

Where to buy the paws

The legs of asparagus can be taken from your own plants or those of acquaintances, but they can also be found for sale in nurseries. There are different varieties of asparagus, the implanted leg determines the one you will have in the garden. Since the leg is a rhizome taken from a plant, it maintains the exact genetic heritage of the mother asparagus, so it is a good method of propagation that preserves the variety without hybridization.

The legs can also be found online, in particular, I recommend those proposed by Agraria Ughetto, which offers two varieties: Piedmontese asparagus and Ligurian red asparagus.

When to plant asparagus

The asparagus legs are planted directly in the vegetable garden, it is better to do it at the end of winter, as long as it is not too cold, otherwise, the beginning of spring is expected. Therefore, asparagus planting generally takes place in February in areas where the climate is very mild, in March or April in the rest of Italy.

In which phase of the moon to put the paws

If you want to follow the phases of the moon, the implantation of the asparagus legs must be done in the waning moon phase, a moment to which tradition assigns a positive influence to the development in the subsoil and would therefore help the rooting of the leg. There is no evidence of an actual influence of the moon on plants, even if many farmers still today believe that it is important to carry out sowing and transplants in the right phase of the moon, if you want to do it too you can read the calendar of the lunar phases.

Soil preparation

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Asparagus legs require loose, well-draining, nutrient-rich soil. Since the plant will have to last several years, even 10 or 15, it is advisable to pay attention to preparing the soil well, with a spade and hoe. If the soil does not drain or tends to compact, it is a good idea to take two precautions: mix river sand to make it less clayey and cultivate raised beds for greater drainage of excessive water.

How rhizomes are planted

After deep processing, the implantation groove is excavated, which we can make about 30/40 centimeters deep. At the base of this hole we put a generous layer of mature fertilizer, the ideal is to use horse manure, but also bovine manure or compost can be fine. The fertilizer must be slow-release since it will be used not only for the first year, therefore it is better to avoid easily washable substances such as pelleted manure. After fertilizing, put a light layer of earth and create the bed where to put the legs, which must be about 15/20 cm deep.

The legs must be placed lying down resting inside the furrow. Care must be taken that there are no injured or rotten parts in the legs that are planted, in case they can be pruned with shears. By resting the roots, they must be kept open as much as possible, so that the asparagus can immediately take root at its best.

After putting on the paws, the furrow is closed and raked to level the ground.

Where to buy the paws

The legs of asparagus can be taken from your own plants or those of acquaintances, but they can also be found for sale in nurseries. There are different varieties of asparagus, the implanted leg determines the one you will have in the garden. Since the leg is a rhizome taken from a plant, it maintains the exact genetic heritage of the mother asparagus, so it is a good method of propagation that preserves the variety without hybridization.

Planting distances in asparagus

Asparagus is quite a demanding plant, so they want a discreet space between one plant and another, so it is important to keep at least 35 cm between the plants and a meter between one row and another.


Recipes with asparagus

Asparagus fritters recipe/ Asparagus with butter recipe/ Asparagus soup recipe/ Pasta With Asparagus Cream Sauce recipe/ Asparagus cake recipe/ Vegetarian Carbonara Asparagus Recipe.


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