How to Prepare Asparagus Plants for Winter

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When preparing asparagus plants for the winter, cut the ferns and let them turn brown before covering them for protection. Cover the ground with newspaper and add mulch to keep your asparagus spears safe in winter with help from an expert gardener in this free video on vegetable gardening.

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Hi, I'm Jene with Jene's Tropicals in St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, I'm going to share with you how to prepare asparagus plants for winter. You'll need the following materials. Mulch or pine straw, and newspaper, and a pair of pruning shears. Harvest your spears as usual so you can enjoy them. Leave about two or three because they'll absorb the sunlight for photosynthesis. After the first frost, you want to cut your ferns down to the ground, let them turn brown and dry out. You want to make sure that before you cover them for protection from the winter that they are nice and brown because beetles can hide within the rubble. And you don't want that to happen. So, after you've cut them and they're brown, you want to cover the ground with newspaper and then add a thin layer of mulch. After your asparagus spears have wintered over, clean up, remove all the debris, rake it nice and neatly, and give your plants a good inch of water and apply a light organic fertilizer on them and you should be back in business. I'm Jene with Jene's Tropicals, have a great day.

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