hello master gardeners (esp my favorite master gardeners Bev Johnson and Carl Hensley ). I have a mature asparagus patch ( 4'x5') that's 5 years old and producing very well. when the asparagus season is over this year I'm tempted to plant a new crop of something else on top of the asparagus (sugar snap peas, carrots, or beans) but don't want to put my asparagus at risk. any advice? thank you
Hennepin County Minnesota
Asparagus is best left alone, especially if you have a healthy, producing bed. You don't want something disturbing the roots or competing for nutrients. So no carrots. If you insist on trying something, the nitrogen-fixers peas or beans would be the direction to go.