Asparagus crowns…separating instead of buying them
I read about asparagus on the internet. Our asparagus crop (about 10 clumps) is not nearly what it was years ago. We’ve had it for 11 years and the people before us were there for five. I am not sure how soon after they bought the property that they planted them. So the crop could be about 15 years old. We now get one or three fat shoots a year from them. I'm going to replant it. I'm going to move it I think and put it on the part of the garden that has been covered where there is no grass growing. I’ll dig out a trench and put them in it. I think I’ll have to do a lot of digging to get to the edges of the entire root and take it out. There could be 250 crowns in there, I’ve heard! From one root! This will be quite fun to find out and to do! I will start by asking willem to remove the sod off the top of one plant, then I’ll dig it carefully with a tin can and my hand, to get down to the root. I have to go out about 1.5’ from where the plant stalk is in the center. Then I have to dig beneath the big root ball. This will be a nice challenge. I think I’ll get one of those foam things and lie on it, or sit sideways on it so I can reach the ground easily without hurting my low back. It took awhile to find a site that would tell me how to separate the old crowns and use them instead of buying first year root crowns.