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Melinda's Garden Moment: Grow asparagus with ease

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- Nice weather is coming - it's time to get back into the garden.

Melinda Myers says you can save money and improve your health by growing your own asparagus.  Asparagus is a detoxifier and one of the most nutritionally balanced vegetables.

A space with full sun or light shade in well-drained soil is the ideal place for asparagus.  Add several inches of compost to top 12 inches of soil to improve drainage as asparagus does not tolerate waterlogged soil.  You can grow asparagus in a flower garden or shrub bed if you have limited space to garden.

Purchase one- or two-year-old crowns - they are the roots of the asparagus with the growing point intact.

Dig a furrow 6 inches deep and 36 inches apart. Set the crowns about 12 inches apart in furrow.  Cover the crown with 2 inches soil and water.  Continue filling the trenches with soil as the crowns sprout and grow through the soil.  Water thoroughly as needed.

Once your plants are established, they are fairly drought tolerant.

Check out Melinda Myers' website for more gardening tips.

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