Asparagus has a harvest season of up to eight weeks depending on your location and climate. It is important to stop harvesting (in the early summer for most people) so that the young spears can grow foliage that will help the plants develop the food reserves they will need for next year's harvest. The recommended way for putting an asparagus bed to bed is to cut the plants within an inch or two of their base once they have turned yellowish at the end of the season. Remove any weeds that have taken up residence in your bed and then topdress your bed with 2 inches (5cm) of organic compost or mulch.
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