Asparagus plants can live for up to 20 years, yielding delicious stems if adequately cared for. Follow these tips to keep your vegetable garden weed free.
Tip 1 - Start early
It’s best to start with a weed-free vegetable bed. When the asparagus plants are young they are quite small, but as they mature it will be more difficult for you to get in between the plants to remove weeds. Not only is it more convenient to attack weeds sooner rather than later, it is better for the plants, as they will need to establish their root systems without competing for nutrients with perennial weeds.
Tip 2 - Keep it Up!
Once you have started a regular weeding routine, do not stop. As soon as you take a break for a few days, the weeds will prey on your vegetable patch.
Tip 3 - Be Gentle and Organic Where Possible.
Organic solutions like weed proof matting and mulch can save you hours of backbreaking work. Weed proof matting (similar to the stuff used commercially) is widely available from gardening stores. With mulch, bear in mind that you may be preventing weeds, but you are providing a habitat for pest who might eat your asparagus!