The typical time to plant the crowns is Spring. Well, I am not typical. I also get excited easily. And I like asparagus. Put all these factors together and now I am planting them in fall. From my understanding, it is okay to plant them Early Spring or Fall. So here's what I did:
I grabbed the Maddox (for tranche digging) and my package of crowns:
I separated the individual crowns. They are a year old. Buying older Asparagus crowns instead of starting from seed will allow you to get Asparagus more quickly. Also, Asparagus is a perennial which means we will get asparagus every year with limited extra work.
I dug a trench about 6 inches deep. I laid the crown in the trench and spread the roots out.
Then, I sprinkled dirt over the roots. Keeping the dirt loose, so that the asparagus can grow up easily. If I were to plant them in Spring, I would sprinkle dirt about 3 inches deep. Once you start to see the tops of your plant sprout through, add the remaining 3 inches of dirt. Since it is Fall (almost Winter), I covered it up with all 6 inches of dirt.
After I planted all ten of the crowns in two rows I took a picture of the dirt for you to enjoy:
To the right of the trenches, you can see the pile of leaves. I deep mulched the bed to feed the worms and to add nourishment to the garden during the winter. Next year, I'm planning on using cover crops instead.