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Planting asparagus is a sound investment as they thrust up tender spears that herald the start of a new gardening year and they increase their harvest for up to 20 years. The earliest of spring vegetables, nothing can beat the flavour of freshly cut asparagus straight from the garden.
1.5m x 30cm
Its extensive root system appreciates deeply dug soil enriched with plenty of manure and compost, add lime for a pH of 7 plus. Plant your asparagus so the crown is covered by about 5-7cm of soil and water well.
Asparagus is amazingly adaptable, thriving from cool climates to the subtropics. Male plants are preferred to female, as fruiting (reproduction), is always a drain on resources - as any parent knows! Identify female plants by their small red berries, and remove, as their spears will not be as vigorous.
A light cutting of spears in the second year for about 4 weeks will be followed (in time) by a harvest lasting up to 10 weeks. Always remove spears with a sharp knife cutting below the soil surface and cease harvesting when the spears become thinner than 1cm. Mulch asparagus generously to eliminate weed competition, and blanch the new spears.
The standard open-pollinated cultivar. Vigorous.
An Italian cultivar with royal-purple spears that will delight the eye and the palate.
Generally produce earlier in spring and are selected for all male plants.
Broad Beans “Vicia faba”
high-protein, cool-season bean is an excellent soil improver, and can only be
completely enjoyed when you grow your own and have the choice of harvest time.
The delicious pods can be picked when small and tender and steamed whole,
shelled when they are larger, or left to reach full maturity to be stored as dry
beans to add to stews and soups.
beans can be planted from autumn to spring as long as they are sown so that
flowering would have finished before the onset of20°Cdays.
Preferring slightly alkaline soil, the addition of some lime is useful in more
from that, broad beans are easily grown in any sunny spot.
they are prone to wind damage, they need a reasonable amount of air circulation
to prevent fungal diseases. The best solution is to bang in stakes at the ends
of the rows and tie string from stake to stake to support them. Pinch out 10cm
off the top of the plant as the flowers are fading to help 'set' the pods.
variety less prone to wind damage that produces heavy crops from smart black and
white flowers. A real Seville long pod that can extend to 20cm long if you want
them that big, or pick at 15cm for sweet and tender beans. 1m in height
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