Meeting to cover growing, marketing asparagus

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

 

A meeting will be held Aug. 28 for people interested in learning about growing and marketing asparagus.

The Asparagus Twilight Meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the farm of Garnett Carr, 980 Flem Clayton Road, Roxboro.

The function will showcase a 1/4-acre variety trial plot planted on the farm in 2005 and first harvested in 2007. The 12 varieties on the plot will be discussed and yield results from the eighth harvest season will be compared.

Carl Cantaluppi, N.C. Cooperative Extension horticulture agent for Granville and Person counties, will discuss site and soil considerations for growing asparagus, as well as fertility requirements, pest and weed control, harvest, marketing techniques and more. There will be a planting demonstration, and complimentary asparagus crowns will be available for home planting.

The meeting will also cover growing rhubarb as an annual crop in North Carolina. Participants will be able to look at rhubarb planted on four different dates during July and August. The transplants will be harvested in 2015.

The meeting is free and open to the public; no pre-registration required. Cold drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Cantaluppi at (919) 603-1350 or carl_cantaluppi@ncsu.edu.