How do you plant asparagus?

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How do you plant asparagus?

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Asparagus crowns should be planted in shallow trenches or furrows.  The planting depth depends on the soil type.  Asparagus crowns should be planted 6 to 8 inches deep in light, sandy soils, but only 4 to 6 inches deep in heavier soils.  A small amount of well-rotted manure can be worked into the soil at the bottom of the trench before planting.  Space the crowns 12 to 18 inches apart in rows that are 4 to 5 feet apart.  Spread the roots out in the trench with the buds pointing upward.  After planting, completely fill in the trench with soil.  (Though commonly done in the past, it’s not necessary to gradually fill in the furrow as the plants grow.)  

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