I have a theory that strawberries and asparagus could be good garden bed mates, but I am wondering if anyone has experience growing them together? Would the strawberries steal all the nutrients? What are your thoughts on this pairing?
I've had some success planting them together. My strawberry roots tend to be around 2-6" deep while the asperagus is much deeper, more like 6-12".
In my case, the strawberries performed the best out of the pairing. I didn't have as much luck with the asperagus, but that was mainly due to the presence of asparagus beetles.
Or perhaps the beetles attacked the aparagus plants because they were weakend due to lack of nutrition (??). FWIW, I'm still getting a few spears here and there after 4 years.
I'd say it's worth a shot, especially if you are short on space.
"He that plants trees loves others beside himself" -Thomas Fuller
My strawberry asparagus trial last season was cut short when the chickens got into the bed. The chickens didn't hurt the asparagus but decimated the 150 strawberry plants the wife put in. I might try it again but we replaced the strawberries with marigolds and some basil starts and reinforced the surrounding netting. Marigolds loved it basil did quite well.The basil might have done better if it wasn't a mid season effort.
Our inability to change everything should not stop us from changing what we can.
I've read (somewhere, long, long ago) that strawberries and asparagus make good companions. I did indeed try this, but my problem had nothing to do with any antagonism between the two. My problem was that wiregrass (invasive Bermuda grass) took over and choked everything out. I say go for it.
Thank you for sharing your experiences! The thing that strikes me from each of your replies is that gardening is challenging for so many reasons, whether that’s insect pests, invasive plants, chickens or deer. Often the plants get along relatively well, it’s all the other factors that we have to manage. I am going to give it a try this spring and see how they do together.
How are you all planting them together? Asparagus is such a large plant and makes such deep shade under itself that by August I think the strawberries would be totally shaded out wouldn't they? I need to move my one year old asparagus plants to a permanent bed, and I also need somewhere to put my wild strawberries.
I have asparagus growing in my polytunnel in two short rows (it's a but windy outside for it here) on the downhill side I have a row of strawberries. These are constrained by a board bed edge and don't seem to send out runners. Both are doing fine, last year was the first I have harvested much asparagus. The asparagus took a few years to get established, and since we are generally pretty mild never seems to die back properly in winter. I mulch around the asparagus with plant material from the tunnel and cut it back in early spring, other than that I water around both with dilute PISS during the growing season.