I have a small asparagus patch in my garden with about 8 crowns. I have had problems in the past with voles eating the roots, so I had replaced some of the crowns last year. This year only one of the older crowns produced shoots, and a couple of the places where I had put in crowns last year there has been a needle-thin shoot or two. Assuming that voles had gotten the others I bought some fresh crowns, but when I went to dig up one of the spaces where I had a crown previously it was just chock full of living roots- a thick layer of them, and no sign of tunneling from voles. My questions are:
- Was there a viable crown there? If so, why didn't anything come up?
- Should I plant a new crown in that hole, or will all the roots systems already there choke it? (I dug a lot of root out but the roots clearly extend hortizontally and below the hole.)
- How far do asparagus roots extend from the original crowns?