When and How to Harvest Asparagus

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Asparagus is one of few truly perennial vegetables. An established patch can produce bountiful harvests of crisp and flavorful green spears each season. By following a few key tips, you are certain to have a healthy asparagus crop that continues for many years. Learn how and when to harvest asparagus in this guide.

How to Identify and Control Common Asparagus Diseases

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Many types of fungi, a water mold, and several viruses can infect asparagus plants, with varying degrees of severity. This guide will help you to diagnose what is ailing your crop and provide tips on what to do about it. Read on to learn about the dizzying array of pathogens that can infect asparagus.

What Is Purple Spot of Asparagus?

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The fungal disease purple spot produces purple lesions on asparagus spears as they emerge from the ground. It spreads from infected asparagus residue that remains in your garden. This disease can be severe in wet weather and shorten the lifespan of your plants. Read on to learn how to manage this disease.

How to Identify and Treat Asparagus Crown and Root Rot

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The organisms that cause crown and root rot can live in the soil for very long periods. There are no good chemical controls for Fusarium, but there are some for Phytophthora. You can minimize the stress to your asparagus to prevent these diseases and make them more likely to survive. Read on to learn these steps.

What Is Asparagus Rust?

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Asparagus rust is a highly complicated fungal disease with four different stages that can invade your plants without showing symptoms until it is too late. Cultivars bred to be resistant to this pathogen often lose effectiveness over time. Read on to learn what symptoms to look for and how to treat your infected plants.

How to Propagate Grape Hyacinth Bulbs and Seeds

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Grape hyacinth bulbs add bright splashes of color to the early spring garden, and a sweet fragrance. Easy and dependable, they’re striking in beds, containers, and naturalized settings and multiply readily so you can quickly expand your collection. Learn all about grape hyacinth propagation for bulbs and seeds now.

Cutting Asparagus Foliage Back in Autumn

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Growing asparagus at home is worth some extra effort. One way to increase productivity and improve plant health is to cut back dead foliage in the fall. Before the freezing temperatures of winter take hold, you can prepare your asparagus plants to survive and thrive, ready to grow in spring. Learn more now.

9 of the Best Grape Hyacinth Varieties for Your Garden

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For an easy pop of bright color and sweet perfume, muscari bulbs are a great plant-and-forget solution. Wonderfully low-maintenance and reliable, they send up stands of rich blue, purple, and white flowers in the early spring garden. Read all about the 9 best grape hyacinth varieties for the garden right here.

How to Grow Heavenly Hyacinths for Rich Spring Color and Sweet Perfume

Mmm, what’s that lovely smell? With their heady perfume and rich colors, hyacinths make a wonderful addition to the spring garden,  or a very welcome indoor feature during the dreary winter months. Join us for a look at the best care and growing tips for this flowering favorite – read more now on Gardener’s Path.

What’s the Difference Between Male and Female Asparagus Plants?

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Asparagus, the reigning edible perennial of the backyard vegetable garden, has both male and female plants. But how does this affect the way you grow and harvest these delicious spring veggies? Keep reading to learn more about the difference between male and female asparagus plants – and why it matters.

How to Grow and Care for Grape Hyacinth

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Grape hyacinths are beloved for their easy, bright splash of purple in the early spring garden. These reliable bulbs are delightful in showy shades of blue, pink, and white as well. And they multiply freely too, with more pretty blooms every year. Get all the details you need on how to plant grape hyacinth right here.

How to Grow Lily of the Valley, a Fragrant Shade-Lover

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Finding the right flowering plants for your shade garden can be problematic, and early blooming and fragrant varieties can be few and far between. Luckily, there’s lily of the valley, a happy-to-spread and pleasantly scented addition that fits in those neglected corners of your flowerbeds. Read more on Gardener’s Path.