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'Asparagus' Mary Washington General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

Spring: In spring, prepare the soil for planting Mary Washington Asparagus crowns by loosening it to a depth of at least 12 inches and incorporating compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil fertility. Plant the crowns in trenches approximately 6-8 inches deep and 12-18 inches apart, covering them with a few inches of soil initially and gradually filling in the trench as the asparagus spears emerge. Water deeply after planting to settle the soil around the crowns.
Summer: During the summer months, keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, as Mary Washington Asparagus requires adequate moisture for optimal growth. Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as straw or compost, around the base of the plants to conserve moisture, suppress weed growth, and maintain soil temperature. Monitor for signs of pests such as asparagus beetles and aphids, and treat infestations promptly to prevent damage to the plants.
Fall: As fall approaches, gradually reduce watering to allow the asparagus ferns to begin to yellow and die back naturally. Cease fertilization in late summer to allow the plants to enter dormancy. Remove any remaining foliage after it has turned brown and brittle, and clean up any debris around the asparagus bed to reduce the risk of overwintering pests and diseases.
Winter: In winter, provide additional protection for Mary Washington Asparagus crowns by applying a layer of straw or mulch over the bed to insulate them from freezing temperatures. Avoid walking on the bed during winter to prevent compaction of the soil. Monitor the asparagus bed for signs of heaving caused by freezing and thawing cycles, and gently press any displaced crowns back into the soil.
Fun Fact: Mary Washington Asparagus is a popular heirloom variety prized for its tender, flavorful spears and reliable performance. With proper care and attention to its specific needs, Mary Washington Asparagus can provide a bountiful harvest for many years to come.