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Organic Gardening in Cold Climates

Organic Gardening in Cold Climates
by Sandra Perrin
 Mountain Press, 2002

The revised edition of this popular guide includes information on newly available varieties of hardy fruits, vegetables and herbs, and updated lists of seed suppliers

The "cold climates" in this book refer to gardens located in Zones 1-5 on the North American Hardiness Zones chart. That includes most of Canada, Alaska and the upper Midwest states, and much of New England and the Rocky Mountains. 

Basic instructions for testing soil quality, planning a garden, preparing the soil and planting are included along with tips on irrigating, cultivating, mulching, weeding and more.

Plant varieties adapted to cold climates, combined with careful observation and ingenious problem-solving, are the real trick to successful gardening in challenging locations. This book explains how to perform this magic and reap abundant harvests.  

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Organic Gardening in Cold Climates 
Growing Asparagus

Mary Washington; Viking; Jersey Knight Hybrid. 

Always plant this perennial in a permanent location, preferably on the north side of the garden since it grows 3 to 4 feet tall. 

Most gardening books tell you to grow asparagus from roots planted deeply in well-built trenches. However, growers developed the trench method for mechanical cultivation, and it is not necessary for the home gardener. You still must spread asparagus roots well when you plant them, but a hole or small trench will suffice. Plant the roots 6 inches deep. Expect a partial harvest in two years. 

Planting from seeds has an advantage: even though you have to wait a couple more years for the first yield, it is less labor-intensive. As with roots, plant the seeds in a permanent bed, then thin until the plants are 10 inches apart. You can expect a partial harvest in your third year and a full harvest in the fourth. 


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