This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In your July number your correspondent,. Gen. W. H. Noble, strikes the right key note regarding the culture of asparagus. Abraham Tan Sicklen, of Jamaica, Long Island, is one of the best growers of asparagus for our New York market. He plants very wide, six feet by four for field culture; the first year after planting the asparagus, he plants a crop of cabbage between the six feet lines. The object of the wide planting is to allow the yearly use of manure to the roots, which he applies in early Spring by ploughing as close as practicable from the roots on each side, then applying two or three inches of well rotted manure on, or close to the root, then again levelling in the furrows by plow or cultivator; in this way the crop produced is enormous, and the bed so worked, would be quite as good at the end of twenty years as at four. This, though a little more labor than manuring on the surface, gives the full benefit of the manure to the roots. For private culture the plan of planting might be changed to planting in rows say four feet apart between rows, and one foot between plants, and turning the soil from the roots with a fork or spader then applying manure as above and raking in level.
Of course it is understood that the roots must not be mutilated, or disturbed but as little as possible.