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There is information on Asparagus from the Seed TOPIC in the Food section of Troubled Times.

Prefers full sun; damp, sandy, rich soil; neutral pH; long growing season; and tolerates frost.
1998 Observations
Grower Shekina found that the acid pH in Washington State soil caused by pine needles resulted in zero germination. Grower Nancy found that all her seeds germinated in potting soil, however.