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Asparagus spears typically start to emerge when the soil temperature reaches 50 degrees F. Growth of asparagus is dependent on air temperature. Early in the season, 7-9 inch. spears might be harvested every 2 to 4 days. Air temperatures increase, harvesting frequencies will increase to once or twice per days. Harvest asparagus by snapping 7 to 9 inch spears with tight tips. There is no need to cut asparagus below the soil with a knife. This may injure other buds on the crown that will send up new spears. The small stub that is left in the soil after snapping dries up and disintegrates. A new spear does not come up the same spot, but from another bud on the crown. As the tips of the spears, causing them to become tough. The diameter of the spear has no bearing on its toughness.
It is important to keep them free of weeds, be especially careful to prevent perennial weeds, such as dock and dandelion from getting established. Any weeds that appears should be removed as soon as possible. Never cut or remove the foliage until the asparagus has become completely dormant, these ferns produce the energy that roots store. Only female plants produce berries (seeds). If you don't need to save them for new plants, remove them as soon as they appear.
Do not use salt as weed killer. It will not harm the asparagus, but it inhibits water penetration in the soil. Also, rains can leach the salt out of the asparagus bed and into the rest of the garden, injuring other vegetables that are less salt tolerant than asparagus.
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Asparagus will tell you when to start and stop picking. When the spears look like the ones you find in the store, go ahead and pick them. The crown will continue breaking the largest bud and producing smaller and smaller spears throughout the growing season until the spears are too small to pick. At that time stop picking so the crown can begin rebuilding for next spring.
DO NOT use salt as a weed killer. It does not harm the asparagus but it will inhibit water penetration in the soil. It can also leach out when it rains and damage other plants.
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