It takes patience to grow asparagus. The first year after you plant it you can't cut even a stalk. The second year, maybe just a few....being sure to leave plenty of stalks to grow to their full height and leaf out in order to feed the slowly growing roots. But the third year you get to pick!! So this year I've already cut three barely out of the ground stalks just to have a little taste....I think I'll wait a day or two and let these grow to something more. Even picking asparagus takes patience.