Asparagus Plants

Question on Mulching Asparagus

kmroczkiewicz added on April 24, 2015 | Answered

I have had an asparagus bed for twenty plus years and weeds have been a problem. Now I am planting a new asparagus bed this spring and would like to know about mulching the new bed. Once planted, can a layer of mulch be put over it to control weeds? The mulch would be last year's leaves. I just read about corn meal to control weeds. Can this be used on the bed before the spears appear or would it be better used after?

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Answered on April 24, 2015

Yes, you should keep your asparagus bed well-mulched from the start and shredded leaves will serve you well.

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Cornmeal - If planting from crowns (which I assume you are), you can apply cornmeal right away. If planting from seed you will want to wait until the seeds are grown up a bit. If applied too early, it can prevent these seeds from sprouting.

For more information on the use of cornmeal in gardens, please visit the following link:

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