Not sure I'm following all that. But you want to leave the new little ones totally alone, let them develop into ferns, don't pick or cut any. The big ones you can harvest until they start getting skinnier or some places they would say until June. Then you leave them alone also and let them develop ferns. Then in the fall you cut down all the ferns, from old and new plants alike.skiingjeff wrote:RBG - just to clarify and be sure what we're doing. We have several old crowns we are harvesting and these new little ones. So even though I'm harvesting the bigger stalks still, let the little guys grow and fern and die out. Then when our year's harvest is done, cut down all the stalks (on the older crowns), fertilize, and let regrow into ferns???
It is just very confusing when you have old stuff and new stuff.
I think your confusion is in here: " Then when our year's harvest is done, cut down all the stalks (on the older crowns), fertilize and let regrow into ferns" The stalks are the ferns (or at least they become them). The little scales on the asparagus spears we eat open up into branches and leaves/ferns. So when you are done harvesting, then you quit cutting and let the remaining spears and the new ones that come up after that develop in to ferns.