Remove old growth from asparagus plants now and fertilize as well, he says. Follow the instructions from a soil test or add 1 to 2 pounds of a 10-20-10 fertilizer per 20 feet before growth starts, Upham says. Fertilize at the same rate after the last harvest, he says.
• Take out broken, damaged or diseased branches.
• If two branches form a narrow angle, prune one out.
• Take out all suckers – those that grow straight up, either from the trunk or major branches.
• If two branches cross and rub against each other, take one out.
• Cut back or remove branches that are so low they interfere with harvest or pruning. If cutting back a branch, cut back to another branch or a bud. Do not leave a stub.
• Cut back branches to reduce the total size of the tree, if necessary.
• Thin branches on the interior of the tree.
There also will be special events on each of the Saturdays. This Saturday, there will be a Tiny Tea – children’s tea with mini-cupcakes – from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. and voting for the name of the new mascot.
Admission is included in membership or regular admission: $7 for adults, $5 for ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and under, $6 for seniors and military.