I moved into the house in June, 2011. But, I bought it in Feb. and had access to it in March. In April last year I discovered I had asparagus growing in what I thought was a weed patch! No, it is an asparagus bed! Yum!
I weeded them, ate them, then let them grow and die back on their own last fall before cutting them back, then covering the bed with a layer of mulch, all according to my online research. Asparagus is something else I have never grown.
The mulch was removed a week or so ago, and I scratched in some fertilizer, which one of the dogs licks out of the dirt. Well, it is made with bone, blood and feather meal, a dog's delight! You can see how much better it looks weeded. Now all I can do is wait and see if the plants come back up. I don't really have much faith it will happen. In the top photo you can see the garlic overtaking the smaller bed behind the asparagus. It is gone now. At least I tried to dig it out, but it is thick in there. I also removed huge Virginia creeper roots (I tore down the dormant vines a few months ago, they were aged and just too much.) and plan to put in climbing roses.