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Asparagus among comfrey?

 
Jon Paddy
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I've heard of this - does anyone have direct experience? I'd think the comfrey would crowd out the asparagus....

Thanks!

Jon
 
Craig Dobbelyu
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I have some wild asparagus that's been pushing up through my field grasses. They are some old plantings and some volunteers from before we moved here 3 years ago that just keep coming up every spring. I've done nothing to help them out and they seem to be doing ok. As long as you manage the comfrey by thinning it reasonably well, I don't think it'll be a problem with the asparagus. That being said, I've planted asparagus from seed this year to put in a new bed this spring to supplement my wild plants. If anyone has other ideas as to what to put with new asparagus plantings, I'm all ears. They just sprouted so I'm pretty excited to have a project lined up once the ground thaws.
 
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From the companion plant table at ghorganics.com:

ASPARAGUS:
Friends: Aster family flowers, dill ,coriander, carrots, tomatoes, parsley, basil, comfrey and marigolds.
Avoid: Onions, garlic and potatoes.


 
Brenda Groth
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i grow both asparagus and comfrey, however, my thinking is that you are probably right about the comfrey taking over..as it gets HUGE here..my comfrey is way larger than a bushel basket by early spring..so I can't imagine finding the asparagus unless you are doing a lot of chop and drop of the comfrey.

there are a lot of perennial plants that you could put in your asparagus beds that wouldn't take over..but I think I'd space the comfrey a bit away from the asparagus..as it is a huge huge plant.
 
Jordan Lowery
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asparagus and daffodils do well together, daffodils keep the gophers away. asparagus has deep roots.
 
Brenda Groth
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in my forest garden I have sour cherry trees planted with my asparagus, they are super dwarfs so they don't cast much shade. I also have rhubarb and some bearded iris (for pollinators) and we generally have onions growing in the same beds.

this year I'm going to plant swiss chard in the center of the asparagus bed along where my soaker hose is..and at one end I'm going to seed in some "good king henry" seed I just got and I have some lattice at the Northwest end and I hope to put some vineing crops up that, have a couple baby kiwi vines and a baby clematis there from last year but they don't seem to be doing very well (on their hardiness zone edge here in zone 4)

sometimes I put things like squash or brassicas in the more vacant areas of the asparagus bed to fill in any bare spots..also..and it is a good place for greens like lettuces
 
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