asparagus?

Hello,
I have a place in Northern Missouri (Zone 5 I think), and was considering trying to make some money growing asparagus. Perhaps, I thought, I may try to growing white asparagus using mulch to keep it in the dark. I thought about buying crowns instead of seeds, but I am still undecided. I also don't know which variety to buy. I want something that taste good. A hybrid with all male plants, but I have read that hybrid asparagus doesn't taste as good as non-hybrid varieties. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
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Buy 2 year crowns. If you don't, you will be waiting for 2 or 3 years before being able to harvest any.
I bought hybrid and thought it was very good, but the only difference is that the female plants use energy making seeds rather than roots.
I would also suggest putting it in a raised bed in full sun with the bottom 8 inches filled with aged manure from stock yards. Add 2 inches of dirt and plant the roots. Then cover the roots 2 or 3 inches at a time until you have at least 6 inches of dirt on top.
Surround the raised beds with a perimeter of gravel or something else that stops the growth of crabgrass. Have fun and let us know how you made out.
Dwayne

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