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Raspberries and asparagus


by Jane Moore

Sometimes it seems like I've had the allotment forever - I just can't imagine life without it. It seems so long ago when I look back to the early days - no shed, no raised beds, only weeds and lots of work to do.


RaspberriesSometimes it seems like I've had the allotment forever - I just can't imagine life without it. It seems so long ago when I look back to the early days - no shed, no raised beds, only weeds and lots of work to do.

I think we got most things right when we first started out. The raised beds and wood chip paths were a lot of effort at the time, but they were worth it. The fruit bushes and raspberry canes were a bit of a slog too - raspberries need such a well prepared trench to flourish, and I certainly went by the book. I'm so glad we planted them - there's no finer fruit than the raspberry.

Asparagus spearsI do have one regret, though: we should have planted an asparagus bed. It would be cropping beautifully by now, with tasty spears thrusting out of the ground, with little effort on my part.

I don't know why I didn't grow asparagus, as it's really easy. Now I'll have to wait to next spring to plant some crowns, and then another couple of years before getting a decent meal out of them.



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Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:31

I got my allotment last year (30x30), have managed to clear it ALL and cover with black ground sheet and then cut out holes to plant in (just to get me going and prevent the 'allotment police' from complaining of neglect!)Most definitely made the right decision in having half of it produce every year giving me time to concentrate on the other half!(with a full time job, a husband and three young children I had begun to dread visiting my plot knowing that 2 particular eagle eyed full time allotmenteers were just waiting to pick holes in my efforts!

I decided to lend half of my allotment this year to perennials and so have a herb patch; a fruit corner; artichokes and asparagus planted out. The other half this year has become a field of sweetcorn planted by young people in the unit/institute within my borough for vulnerable teens, they absolutely loved planting out and look forward to their harvest day in September when the 'do one thing' outdoors... coming back to the point ~ this year two of the three artichoke I purchased (one for my home front garden for a beautiful purple flower display) plus 25 asparagus crowns, however, only my home artichoke has 'taken' and only one asparagus made a feeble attempt so have just ordered 3 one year old crowns to plant in over winter to keep me on track for the 3 year 'promise'!