*Please excuse the weeds!
In the first picture, you see an asparagus spear just popping up from the ground. This is what the plant first looks like in spring. You have to wait until the third year before you can harvest a lot of asparagus. The second picture shows what the asparagus spears look like when they are left to grow. (Click the picture for a clearer view.) The tips of the spears branch out and start to turn into leaves, as shown in the third picture. In the summer, the plants are very pretty and grow red berries.