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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 19, 2014 at 5:04am

Yes, Fats cut Asparagus off at ground level , let them grow up again and then cut again, the same as if you where harvesting to eat. It takes a few years for the shoots to thicken and be juicy in stead of thin and vine like. Good luck. Not sure about what bugs you have in the US. In late summer, Autumn in Aus we have a stinking black cricket about 6cm long, that seems to come up out of the dry cracks of the ground. They swarm around street lights at night and then try to hide in the dark during the day. They die off after we get good late Autumn rain. With the nights still really warm and windows open they keep you awake with their chirping. 

Comment by Vicky Myers on July 19, 2014 at 1:35am

Fats are you sure you have beetles or are they root weevils? Nasty little hard shelled black  or brown bugs that eat everything in sight.They come out at night to feed. If so squish squish squish. I had them at the last house killed like 200 of them in a 10ft area.

Comment by FATS Green Garden on July 18, 2014 at 1:32pm
Keryn, do you cut them at the base? I think the beetles are getting to them. Those pesky things have done major damage to other plants :(
Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 14, 2014 at 6:08pm

My asparagus stays green, if you don,t keep it trimmed. It turns into asparagus fern if left to grow, they are very hardy. Maybe not enough water when it was first planted and then the summers heats has hit and its found it too hot and dry. While the spikes are thin, keep them cut regular, to make thicker stems. Or it could have been over watered before the bare roots have regrown and caused root rot.

Comment by FATS Green Garden on July 14, 2014 at 3:31pm
Hi all! My asparagus looks like it's dying and some of the ferns are not green anymore. I planted last spring from bare roots. Should they be staying green?
Comment by Vicky Myers on July 14, 2014 at 10:30am

Keryn enjoy the beet greens they are good for your bones, big beets get woody any way.  Smaller ones are sweeter too. You can grow them in containers too til your soil gets just right.

Comment by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW on July 14, 2014 at 3:47am

I think it's best to sound the town out about what's going on? If they are poisoning bees, that's serious. Anyway, I have found that comparing notes is key to having more information & good things come of that. Our homeowner's association was harassing everyone but no one talked about it until we signed up for yahoo groups & discovered their games. We voted them out & also saved thousands of $$ on lawyer fees, not to mention a much better atmosphere living here. There was a PTA meeting years ago that discovered the school board was going to divide up kids two grade levels per school. Can you imagine parents with several kids jumping around like bunnies from one to the other? It's amazing what a small group of people can do when something isn't right! Gardeners are united naturally in creative endeavors. . .

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 14, 2014 at 2:42am

I ve been looking on the net and found thats its too much nitrogen in the soil. Too much manure or compost that's not broken down. Yes we put our 12 month old compost straight onto the veggie garden it must not be broken down enough. The best cure is too grow leafy above ground plants as they take up a lot of nitrogen. Grow your root vegetables in older soil. I will try it and let you know. You can add dolomite lime, but if you add too much its hard too get the nitrogen levels back up. I think its best too let nature do it for you.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 14, 2014 at 1:06am

I checked my beets, in since Autumn and theres very little ball. Plenty of green healthy leaves. They did this during summer as well. The ground is lacking something when this happens, my carrot's don,t grow as big as they should either and I have very loose soil. Any ideas.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 14, 2014 at 12:59am

All sounds great , I wish I was in growing season.

Vicky, Yes a new area will have different problems and I don,t think I would not stir the pot with the neighbors who are trying to make a living from what they grow. It will be just a seasonal thing. It might be worth getting your own bees.

 

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