We have an asparagus bed that's been there for about 7 years. The results have been far from spectacular. I dug deep, added composted horse manure, compost and good garden soil when the roots were planted. I'm suspicious of the proximity (6') from a fence which is overrun with honeysuckle. Twice a year I subsoil plow between the garden and asparagus and am always amazed at the size and quantity of roots which come up. I then chop them off. Yes, it's honeysuckle.
I'm thinking I should move the bed to another location. A friend suggested that instead of buying new roots, I should dig the ones I have as they'd be "better" or at least bigger. No idea if that's a good idea or not? When should you dig and divide/transplant asparagus, spring?
There's one other issue with these plants, when the spears break ground, they're already huge, usually about 1/2". By the time they're 6-8" tall they're almost 3/4" or more. My wife says they're fine as she only uses them for cream soup.
So, move bed, dig and replant roots we have or buy new, soil amendment needed to address huge spears, or did I plant some "huge" varietal when I initially purchased them?
Any thoughts, comments or suggestions appreciated.
Thanks for your time,