When asparagus transplants are about 1 foot tall, they need to be set out in a nursery bed after the last expected spring frost date, and when the soil is warm. (To find your frost date, see: http:///gardening/frostdates ). Before you transplant, harden them off for a week in a protected area or cold frame. (You can also direct seed in the garden in early spring.) When the plants flower in their nursery bed, weed out the female plants. The following year, transplant the male plants to their permanent home. If grown from seed rather than crowns, add another year before you should harvest fully (3 years).
For more information, you might like this blog about planting asparagus from seed:
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Beverly, you want to start seeds 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. That can be estimated here (note, these are average frost dates): http:///content...
Key in your zip code for dates. As you get closer to the end of the 6- to 8-week seed-starting period, keep an eye on local conditions. Be sure to "harden off" your plants; that means bring them into the daylight and air for a short while, and then for increasingly longer periods. When it is consistently warm out, plant accordingly.
Be aware that you should have deep containers for tomatoes. They like plenty of room to establish roots.