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Chez



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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 07 6:07 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I have seedlings just coming up in the greenhouse - only another three years to wait .

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 07 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We also have a small asparagus bed, grown from seed a few years back and it should crop well this year. Home grown is much better than any shop stuff and you can even eat it while it's still growing on the plant...

mrutty



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 07 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Nope, it was on the cards this year but ran out of time and money


I have some of that for sell now that I've finally moved and yes I'm packing your fruit bushes at last and they will go out on Monday as long as Becki goes to the post office.

tigger



Joined: 13 Nov 2005
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Location: Bologna (Italy)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 07 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.italianmade.com/foods/subcat25014.cfm

Virtually the whole of our village is an asparagus bed

Bit too far away though.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 07 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
We also have a small asparagus bed, grown from seed a few years back and it should crop well this year. Home grown is much better than any shop stuff and you can even eat it while it's still growing on the plant...


I now have visions of you grazing your asparagus bed!

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44135
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 07 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mrutty wrote:
I have some of that for sell now that I've finally moved and yes I'm packing your fruit bushes at last and they will go out on Monday as long as Becki goes to the post office.


Don't rush mate Mind you still ain't sent your cheque

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 07 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tigger wrote:
http://www.italianmade.com/foods/subcat25014.cfm

Virtually the whole of our village is an asparagus bed

Bit too far away though.


Blinking good web site Tigger

Vic



Joined: 16 Feb 2005
Posts: 387
Location: Sherborne, Dorset
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 07 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tigger, I've bookmarked that website - really useful (especially as I'm off to Bologna next week, and then Liguria). Already doing a bit of meal planning...

tigger



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 07 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

picked a good big bunch of wild asparagus with my middle daughter yesterday, in the woods at the coast. She is, unfortunately one of those mini-foragers who have no sense of danger "I CAN'T leave it there, it's much better than the others we've got, and I can reach it if I throw myself into the bramble bushes!" yes, that's why it's still there and no-one else has picked it!

Magicbeans



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Location: On the beach
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 07 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We bought asparagus seeds and a couple of crowns - ooo back in 2005/2006 - we knew we were moving so planted these in window boxes - so they could travel with us and mature along the way....

Now we have a garden and I ought to plant them out - but well one is about 3ft tall (should reach the Giants Castle soon...)

so not sure if I should wait now until they stop growing or to go for it......

Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
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Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 07 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've got an asparagus bed...just. It's just been built and filled with earth...errrm, and that's about it.

Any suggestions as to which breed of asparagus crown we should try?

JB



Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 7746
Location: 91 N
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 07 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have aparagus seeds just germinating now but no idea of where to plant them. I'm not sure they'll go in the new garden and have no idea if in the new place I'll be able to find a free allotment (oh well perhaps I can find a small field to rent!)

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 07 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:
We also have a small asparagus bed, grown from seed a few years back and it should crop well this year. Home grown is much better than any shop stuff and you can even eat it while it's still growing on the plant...


I now have visions of you grazing your asparagus bed!


First shoots are just appearing in our bed, give it a couple of days and I'll be out grazing.

doctoral



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Location: Now in Surrey ... I need a good avatar
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 07 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

... just eaten my first spear from the garden - nothing else coming yet, but it tasted good chopped up with some purple sprouting ...

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 07 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Had a super meal yesterday of dexter steak, jersey royals, baby carrots, PSB and asparagus, with lots of melted butter. Pity I didn't grow any of it, but it did all come from the farmers market, so it was all local and pretty fresh. Added to a trek up a hill and picnic of local pork products (and a imported bottle of wine or two ) it was a pretty fine day, foodwise. Might try hollandiase next time too.

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