So Derick kindly gave me 2 asparagus after we spend a day planting a field-full on his farm. Instead of planting from seed, you can buy "crowns", a root system of a 1 year old asparagus plant. It totally looks like an octopus! These went in my garden on top of a small mound of vermicompost, with the roots spread out to either side in a bit of a trench. Crossing my fingers that they take!