So one of the things that we’ve been planning on putting in is plenty of perennial veggies. Living in Southern Louisiana doesn’t lend itself to grow Rhubarb so we’re going with Jerusalem Artichoke and Asparagus. Since these veggies are the gifts that keep on giving we’ve decided to shell out quite a bit to get more than we can possibly eat. (The more the merrier right?) I ran into a friend at Lowes the other day while buying the materials to make asparagus beds and when he found out I was going to plant asparagus, I told him “No seriously, we’re not f’ing around”. This was followed by informing him we had purchased 74 Asparagus crowns.
Varieties We’re Trialing
Building The Beds
I decided to go with building ceder beds. Unless you buy the wide boards, the price at Lowes is fairly reasonable. I decided to purchase “4 inches” (3.5 inch) boards and combine them together. For this project I purchased 4 * 4′ x 12′ boards, and 10 * 4′ x 10′ boards. The 12′ boards would be cut into 3 foot sections to create beds that were 10 foot long and 3 foot wide. These beds would be able to accommodate 16 asparagus each if they were placed at 1.5 foot distances. Not too spread out and not too tight.
Note in the next picture that soil is tilled up. We broad forked down 14 inches below the soil and loosened it up.
Well that is one bed down. I am about 50% done cutting the remaining wood (doing it all at once now that I have a plan), and then I’ll need to assemble the beds, mix the soil in, and plant.
If you have a keen eye on the math you may be wondering, what are you going to do with the other 10? Well we’re going to plant them in the front medicinal garden!