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OK...I've got asparagus coming out my ying yang..and I don't know what to do with all of it.  I've been eating a fist full every night and it's still piling up in the fridge.  Every extra container we have is full of the stuff and I'm going out for more in the next few minutes...

HELP!

Can I freeze it, can it...something...?

Or should I just start giving it away?

Oh, one more question.  Should I let some of it come up and go to seed or just keep picking it?

Any help would great appreciated.

Thank You, Brian.

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Ben Hong

Trim and clean them, and blanch them for 2 minutes, depending on thickness (the key here is not to overcook them). Cool them off thoroughly in cold water, drain and then put them in a Ziplock bag and freeze.

Or, I can send you my address..... :<img src=:'>  :D

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Thanks Ben.

I'll start doing that tonight.

Though I'm sorry to say.  Getting your address and sending it through the mail, would not the smartest/best way to go...

I sent my cousin(who lives in your fine country) a Christmas card three weeks before Christmas...and she receive it on the third of January.  So, you might be better off.   Just heading over this way...it may be faster...lol

Actually, I'm going over to her place tomorrow.  She's having a "I paid off my house party"...never of heard of such a thing.  Must be a Canadian thing...lol  I can't think of any American that's paid off their house in the last twenty years.  

Come to think of it...I may just drop off next years Christmas card...tomorrow...lol

Thank you, again.  For the help in my asparagus crisis...

 Brian.

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jmooney
Asparagus....ewwwwww.

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Popple Pusher

I thought that you were wondering why it made your pee stink.

I do miss fresh wild asparagus. If your were gonna send some to Ben I was hoping to get some as well.

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it made your pee stink.

WOW, if that ain't the truth!  lol...

It does have some adverse affects, on your first "leak" of the morning...

Sorry, guys...but it's all blanched and tucked away safely in the freezer.

Brian.

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NHBirddogger
Oh, one more question.  Should I let some of it come up and go to seed or just keep picking it?

You can harvest it for a while, but you need to let it go to seed near the end of it's production time. I'd check with a local farmer to see when he stops cutting.

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Thanks, NHBirddogger.

  It's pretty tough...watching it go to seed, but if that's what I have to do..then I'll suffer through it...lol

 Brian.

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ANF grousin
I've never liked asparagas when it was frozen, so we only eat it fresh.  I took my last cutting last week.  As soon as it starts to go to seed, I can get in and spray off the weeds in the bed.

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Bobby
How old is the bed? If it new, 1st thru 3rd year you should only do a couple cuttings. Once established you can cut from 4 to 8 weeks. I usually cut for 5 weeks, then do a final weeding, cultivating and fertilize, then let it go for the summer. If not over harvested in any year this bed might out last you. At least it shoud produce for 25 years if planted in a well drained and max sun site. My new bed is awesome. Good drainage, good soil, max sun.

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ANF grousin,

  I never thought of asking what everyone thought of the taste, once it has been frozen...lol  

  Now, it's to late...  But, that's normally how I do things.  Find out all of the information...when it's too late...lol

Bobby,

  I don't know how old these beds are.  They're wild beds.  It's weird though.  Some of the beds that were heavy last year(as far as what went to seed), have nothing coming up this year.  I didn't cut them "at all" last year.  We had just moved into the house and didn't have the time or energy, to walk out back an cut them.  Plus, we really didn't find them until they had gone to seed anyways.

  Just wondering, if these beds are done or do they kind of just skip a year, like pear trees?  Having better years than others, so to speak.

  On a unrelated topic...How are your dogs doing and the field trials going?  Hope, all is well with them.

 Brian.

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