I am hoping this is the correct place for this question.
We will be planting our second peach tree (our first was planted a few weeks ago) and we were looking into options for things to plant under them. Will asparagus work well (or even ok) for this? I had googled "peach tree guilds" and plants similar to asparagus were mentioned and we needed to figure out a place to plant the asparagus anyway. From what I have read the asparagus doesn't like competition but once it gets going it is pretty vigorous. If the two by themselves wouldn't work is there a third plant that will help bring the whole system together?
I have yet to plant a full guild myself but my grandfather told me they used to grow asparagus and anise in orchards as a standard rule. He didn't say anything about why, just that it was always done. He was born in Arkansas and lived in southern California and eastern Washington so I'm not sure which location he was referring to, or more than one? I can see asparagus being a dynamic accumulator with it's deep roots and good mulch with it's massive foliage. He said apples with anise under them always tasted like licorice, so there may have been a pest confusing or deterring element to it. I can't stand anise or licorice so I have no plans to plant either but I am utilizing asparagus as much as possible.
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