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Black Eyed Susan and Asparagus??

 
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Hi all. My primary production bed (read-the only spot I have something approaching full sun) is in my front yard foundation bed area, so I’m creating this plot to be visually attractive, as well as edible. I need to be really deliberate about where I plant.

There’s a spot, that happens to be kinda amongst the asparagus, where a Black-eyed Susan would look great. Is there any particular reason why these shouldn’t be planted together?

Thanks,
Daniel
 
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Hi Daniel,

I say try it and just keep an eye on it.

I have Martha Washington Asparagus, Yarrow and alpine strawberries planted together and they are doing well.  I do occasionally have to do some trimming and watch so I don't step on the strawberries.
 
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Thanks Scott. I stuck it in. We’ll see!

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Daniel,

This is a short article but it's interesting.   Black Eyed Susan isn't on any "do not plant with asparagus lists," that I can find.

During colonial times they trellised grapes between rows.  Below is a link to companion planting asparagus.  It is an interesting read.

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Another suggestion is we have some elderberry that is more or less amongst asparagus, Martha Washington and a purple variety for us. The asparagus is basically done and lignified in our climate 6b once the elderberry start to leaf out.
 
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Asparagus is a sturdy plant once established & I think Black Eyed Susan is a safe companion plant in general. Seems like it wouldn't hurt to try it then observe the results until confident that all is well. Years ago I grew all sorts of random things with asparagus & don't recall any problems other than drought. Asparagus gets extra TLC now.
 
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Scott, that really is a good read. Thanks!

Elderberry is an interesting idea. It’s a good size plant! there’s a hydrangea zombie that is in the middle of the asparagus. I could put more effort into rooting that out and planting something useful.

Anyway, the plant is in. We’ll see how it goes!

Thanks again, everyone.
Daniel
 
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