The asparagus bed I started this year has started to produce more spears. I am going to take this as a good sign as I am not sure we planted the asparagus crowns correctly on reflection.
I have since found this excellent guide from the BBC that tells you exactly how to do it, click here. I can not collect any of the spears this year and will be lucky if I get a harvest next year. Really I think it will be two more years before I am able to reap the rewards of my efforts.