Q and A: usefulness of a donkey and planting Brussels sprouts in an asparagus bread — 4 Comments

  1. Thank You for answering my question!I have decided to adopt the Donkey and he has been working out great.(very smart animal)

    Sincerly ~Dana Macarthur

  2. arm2008,

    I got a laugh out of that too, as I just noticed it before reading the comments!! That ranks as an oops. But I did wonder how asparagus bread would taste then quickly discounted the recipe. Naaaaah. I try everything that sounds good at least once, but that one didn’t make the cut.

  3. I have to admit I was curious about the aspargus bread, but thought the brussels sprouts would not taste good in it! I also thought maybe it was like hiding the baby jesus figure in the Epiphany bread. Into every life a little humor should come

  4. Interplanting in asparagus: Sandy, you might be able to interplant BUT it will depend on these factors: what variety your asparagus is, how you planted it, how many years you’ve been maintaining it, how you maintain it and the variety of brussels sprouts. Wild asparagus and the old varieties like Martha Washington grow differently from modern asparagus and have different tolerances for root competition and different root structures. It will also depend on how far apart your plants are, 12 to 15 inches or less than that, and whether you planted the roots in a straight line or zigzag. How deep did you plant your roots originally? The old way for the old varieties was in a 12 inch or deeper trench; the new way is in a 6 inch deep trench. The current maintenance advice is to add at least 6 inches of soil, compost and/or composted manure to the top of your bed each year, remembering that asparagus needs lots of phosphorus and potassium for good production. If you’ve been adding at least 6 inches of material each year for several years you probably have a good layer of soil over your roots even if you used the 6 inch planting depth. Brussels sprouts now come in what’s called a half height variety (I know of at least two) for small space gardens or short season growing. I grow them and the roots are shallow and not extensive. I grow a few determinate tomatoes and lots of garlic and onions in my asparagus bed. You also need to think about pest control when you interplant, if you have those issues. Individual half height brussels sprouts plants are easy to cover with floating row cover anchored in the dirt or with rocks. My asparagus produces very well but I haven’t done any scientific evaluation of the effect of interplanting. Your asparagus needs a deep mulch covering over the winter, no matter what you do during the growng season.