Grains and Cover Crops

Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 4

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
lupine
Location:
Chandler, AZ, United States
Date:
June 8, 2015
          5.0
 
Buckwheat
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? beautiful, fast, soil improver

What are the cons? none

Review:

I grew some buckwheat for the first time this year, mainly to bring in some beneficial insects to my vegetable patch, but I was surprised to find that it's one of my favorite things in the garden! It grows incredibly fast, putting out its first flowers when it's only about 6" tall, and those flowers are lovely small tufts of white that dance around in the breeze. The bees don't seem to particularly love it, but smaller hovering insects seem very interested in the flowers. I planted a scant 7 plants, and wish I had planted so many more. I love how the white flowers turn into similarly white tetrahedron-esque seed hulls with green veining, they're just so pretty. Also, one thing I learned about buckwheat after having planted it, is that it isn't just good at collecting nitrogen, but also phosphorous and potassium. It doesn't "fix" these nutrients, so use it as a green manure instead, and your veggies will be healthier for it! Producing edible grain is just an added bonus really!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
eilonwy
Location:
B, WV
Date:
January 7, 2015
          4.0
 
fun to grow
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? prolific, low-maintenance

What are the cons? difficult to hull

Review:

I tried these as my first attempt at backyard grains. I planted them in a bed with mediocre soil and most of the plants thrived. The white flowers are beautiful and pollinator insects LOVED them. They are easy to process up until hulling. Without a hulling machine it is nearly impossible to remove the hulls and leave the kernel whole. makes good flour though.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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23 out of 24 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Copper
Location:
Orem, UT
Date:
March 13, 2014
          5.0
 
Great
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to Grow

What are the cons? None

Review:

I grew a small plot of this in my poor mostly unamended clay soil. It did great, attracted tons of pollinating bugs- I've never known so many different kinds existed! It was a-buzz with activity when the flowers bloomed. Produced alot and great for the soil! Will always grow some now and you grind the hulled seeds and make flour! Chickens and birds also love the seeds

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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36 out of 37 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Unknown
Date:
July 13, 2010
          5.0
 
Excellent cover crop
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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Review:

This is an excellent cover crop that grows quickly in most soils. I've used it throughout summers in unused garden areas, alongside other crops, as a mulch producer, to harvest the grain, and to attract bees. It's been excellent for all of those purposes, and if you let some go to seed it will reseed decently on its own.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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