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jeremy haskin
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I was wandering if anybody has tried a ground cover in their asparagus beds? we have almost a quarter acre of it here and trying to come up with better ways to keep it healthy.
 
John Elliott
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I have my asparagus growing in a tangle of blackberries. In the winters, I have mowed back the blackberries and thrown down wood chips, and the following year the asparagus come up as the blackberries retake lost territory. It seems to work well.
 
Alder Burns
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Perhaps consider creeping vegetables like winter squash, melons, or sweet potatoes. One problem is the density and itchiness of the asparagus plants, which might hinder tending and harvest of the intercrops. Winter squash seems to rise to the top, since it offers the possibility of a one-time harvest after first frost, when the asparagus plants are dying down anyway, and harvest doesn't risk disturbing the asparagus roots, as sweet potatoes might.
 
dirk maes
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If you are growing white (bleached) asparagus then there is only summer ground coverings witch you could use ( Tetragonia tetragonioides , Lotus edulis , .... ), green manure plants being the best . For green asparagus, I agree with Alder Burns. Leeks could be a late summer intercrop but don't cover the ground very effectively. Maybe lettuce could be a summer-late summer ground cover.
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