Two autumns ago I built a raised bed, lined it with weed/root mat and filled with topsoil, well rotted manure and well rotted garden compost.
I planted asparagus crowns as per the instructions and waited in anticipation.
Last spring there were plentiful spears, however all were less than the diameter of a pencil.
None were picked.
I top dressed the plot with garden compost last autumn and again waited in anticipation.
Now the second crop is appearing but the spears are still really puny.
They have had a bonemeal feed each spring and that's about it.
I hadn't planned a picking this year, but am a little concerned that there a something seriously awry.
The base soil is chalky, hence the raised bed