I forgot to mention that in three years, our family will have home grown asparagus. In three years.
About a month ago, The Kid and I spent an entire day weeding, plowing and planting in our two vegetable beds. I was growing native weeds in the beds for the last four years since The Kid was born. Kind of an experiment -- well, an experiment that got out of control.
Now, the beds are nice and weeded, amended with lots of chicken manure. We planted asparagus roots, green onions, swiss chard, Japanese cucumbers and snap peas.
You are not supposed to harvest the asparagus for three years so you give them time to establish their roots.
"Good!" The Kid said. "In three years, maybe I will like asparagus."