Asparagus – no dig, planted in mulch over weeds, how to grow and harvest

Filmed in summer of asparagus year 6 after a third season of harvests, this year 2018 we picked 15.5kg/34lb of spears. The asparagus plants are growing on level ground with no ridges, easier for weeding because very few grow. We are a zone 8, temperate climate with around 800mm/32in rain per annum. My garden includes 1000sqm of no dig beds (a quarter acre), growing salad leaves and some vegetables for sale.

7 thoughts on “Asparagus – no dig, planted in mulch over weeds, how to grow and harvest

  1. Thanks again Charles, though this is a first thank you. I have been following your site and advice for a couple of years. After organic gardening for 40 years your short piece on BBC excited me to try 2 small beds on our lawn. Ureka! It worked and I now also have 2 allotments and a walled garden under no dig cultivation. Looking forward to an extended gardening life. Thanks again. Chas

  2. Could you please advise how you plant your asparagus. Most conventional advice involves digging trenches etc, but I’m assuming with no dig you wouldn’t be doing this:)
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Daisy and no trenches needed, just pull out a 3-4in/8-10cm deep hollow in the surface compost and soil, see also my Asparagus video

  3. Great Video Charles.
    I live in a zone 5-6 . in Canada. I was wondering if just 3 or 4 inch hollow would be enough protection from the hot summer sun and the cold winters that we have here. I understand that a top up of compost would be added in the fall . Should my Crowns be planted deeper because of my climate?
    Last summer temperatures were around 30 C for most of the summer and winters can be colder than -20 C for several weeks.
    Also just wondering how to be able to tell if the crowns that I purchase are males?
    Thanks for your help.

    1. Hello Nancy, thanks, and crowns can’t go too deep for fear of weakening new shoots so yes, add just one inch to planting depth, and I would try a mulch of straw in winter, perhaps summer also, applied after the picking season, which for you should be May-June. Summer growth could ne through the mulch.
      I don’t know of a way of checking crowns for sex!

      1. Hi Charles
        Thanks for the quick response and the advice.
        I will plant them today,
        Love your web cite and all your videos.
        Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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