Good morning! Yesterday was a very busy day. I seeded and transplanted in the morning and in the afternoon I was out in the field with dad planting onions. we are pretty much caught up on planting onions at this point. We have more to plant next week, but we are trying to put them on a staggered planting schedule so we have onions coming on at different times over the season. Today is going to be another busy day. We are going to start plant more asparagus. We have a small patch now, but we want to increase it a little each year. This year we are adding five hundred crowns. The crowns look heavy even though they are one year crowns. They really look like two year crowns.
Asparagus can be planted throughout Illinois from early April to late May, after the soil has warmed up to about 50 degrees F. There is no advantage to planting the crowns in cold, wet soils. They will not grow until the soil warms and there is danger of the plants being more susceptible to Fusarium rot if crowns are exposed to cold, wet soils over a prolonged period. It used to be that planting asparagus deep was considered the best. However, research has shown that it is best to plant no deeper than 5-6 inches, as any deeper will effect the yield. It is time now to get moving! Out to the field! Have a great day and God bless!