Unfortunately after doing some research I found that the asparagus should be left alone the at least first year to develop so that future years produce strong crops (some sites suggest waiting til the third year before harvesting). I still plan to plant them, but in the mean time I need to pick a second crop to plant this fall to appease my inner gardener.
Since I'm starting with A, I've decided my second choice is Arugala.
Arugala Planting Directions
Plant ¼ inch deep and 1 inch apart in rows, partial shade is ok
Make new plantings every 2 to 3 weeks for a continuous supply until a month before your anticipated first frost, seems simple enough.
Other things to consider planting in March: Chives, Shallots, Endive, Potatoes
Sources: Online research led me here http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/What-To-Plant-Now.aspxA site that lets you know what time of year to plant each vegetable according to your region, and gives tips for how to succeed.