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Thanks for the article. We are new at this but have a question.
We planted 3 year Jersey Supreme plants in April from Asparagus Gardener out of cookeville Tn [It is listed above]. She was even selling 4 & 5 year old roots. Anyway, she said to harvest 2 crops and then let it go until next year.
We prepared the soil last fall.
The stalks are coming up very thin. Do they get thicker as the get older?
How often do you use plant food?
Yes, as the asparagus gets older, the stems will get thicker. In the meantime, don't let your really thin spears go to waste! They are delicious to cut and eat as is, without any cooking. Skinny asparagus spears have been our favorite garden healthy snack this spring.
As far as feeding your asparagus plants goes, an asparagus expert advised us to apply a general fertilizer twice a season, once in early spring before any visible growth begins, and again in the autumn.
Good luck with your asparagus. We just discovered asparagus beetles in our patch this year and I really shy away from using pesticides... I think we're going to hand pick off the beetles and make an organic soap spray with hot peppers and onion.