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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-01-06 09:37 PM
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3. No pictures, but...
Dig a trench. (Or pile up compost) Looking for 20 inches deep. If you want a square bed, dig/pile 2-3 trenches.

Lay in the crowns about 8 inches apart. Cover with soil/manure.

When the crowns break through, cover with more dirt. Repeat until the trench is filled.

Water lots. Resist urge to snip off shoots the first year.

Winter over with a big pile of leaves.

Cut sparingly in the spring of year one. Water. Give more soil if necessary. Add compost, mulch, manure. Water. Winter over with a big pile of leaves.

By year two, you can usually cut to your heart's content.

I'm in year one with one patch and year zero with the other, and I got nuthin in year one's patch this year worth talking about. (Weird winter - not very wet.)

The seem to love composted coffee, by the way.
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