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First time growing asparagus! Placed 2nd year roots in the ditch with compost mixed in, covered it and watered it twice. The asparagus stalks appeared about 10 days later and were way more than 2 inches tall. Can I still fill in the ditch without harming the plants?

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Yes, you can fill it in; depending what you're going for, it's perfectly fine for establishment, less perfect if going for "blanched white", but establishment seems to fit your description.

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  • Thank you Ecnerwal!!!
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    Commented May 13, 2023 at 13:30
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It depends. But in your case, it should be fine: the plant seem vigorous, so it will not have problem to "dig" the new soil.

Else, usually we do it in two year period: the first year we cover only half of the ditch, and the next year the rest. We do this especially if we got asparagus from seeds, so the root may not be well developed in the next few years, but we need to move the roots (so more space).

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