Should I plant asparagus in the fall? The short answer is no. It's not the optimum time to plant asparagus. Spring is the preferred season to plant so there is more time for the asparagus crowns to mature before going dormant for the winter. Want to know more about planting asparagus? Read Just About Everything About Asparagus.
Fall is, however, the best time to prepare the asparagus bed for next spring’s growth. Adding decomposing leaves, compost or manure to the site is one of the best things you can do for your plants. This can be done throughout the cold months. The more organic matter that gets added into the soil, the longer your plants will produce good quantity spearsand plenty of them. Fall is also a good time to remove all grass and weeds from the bed, since nothing should be competing with your asparagus plants for nutrients in the soil. For more tips on getting your asparagus ready for winter, read Fall Asparagus Care.