This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Your correspondent, Gen. W. H. Noble, in the April number, wishes to hear more on what he calls " the new culture for asparagus." It is not new to me - my father planted a bed about thirty years ago, and his culture was nearly like the gentleman's referred to by Gen. N., with this difference: hen and stable manure, mixed with good garden soil, were used freely, and the bed dug as deep as the asparagus roots would allow every spring. For fourteen years I have kept up my father's mode of culture, and the old bed continues to yield, from year to year, a good crop of fine large asparagus. I also grow radishes, &©., on the bed, as my father did, which does not seem to injure the asparagus.
Having changed the plan and size of my garden, I wish to start a new bed, as the old one is now out of place, and looks odd with no walk leading to it. Please tell the best time and method of doing it.
The manner in which------cultivates asparagus by annually adding a layer of fresh dirt is a success. If these layers are made alternately of clay loam and sand loam, I suggest that it would be an improvement. There is a mulching power in clay on sand and in sand on clay that is not half understood nor but very little practiced to what it should be on our light sandy soils where clay knolls abound so plentifully. Fruit prospects here are good without exception.