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Early asparagus is the thickest. Stop picking if it's thinner than a pencil. Archive Photo of the Day: Steve and Vici Diehl, Antwerp NY.
Early asparagus is the thickest. Stop picking if it's thinner than a pencil. Archive Photo of the Day: Steve and Vici Diehl, Antwerp NY.

Keeping up with asparagus

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It won't be long before the lucky people with an asparagus patch will be eating one of the first edibles offered by the new season.

Whether you're trying to keep an old patch productive, or have established your own asparagus bed, Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has good advice.

Planting a new bed has traditionally required digging a big trench, but Amy has good news there: eight inches is plenty deep, and now's the time.

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Martha Foley
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