Last year, we planted Jersey Asparagus from 1 year old bareroots into our garden. I've read that it takes a good 3 years before you can really harvest good sized spears. These were coming up 2 weeks ago, but we didn't harvest them because they are really thin and stringy. Instead, we decided to let them grow and amend them with some compost so they can beef up substantially so that we might be able to harvest some good size spears next year. I like growing edible perennials but I am so impatient. Waiting is the hardest part!