Our selection of cover crop and grain seeds includes many different plant species. Whether grown for soil improvement (hairy vetch, winter peas, rape), or to harvest for use as grain (rice, millet, quinoa, flax, chuffa),in the home garden they tend to be sown on a larger scale than many vegetable types. Some crops, like buckwheat or sesame, are used both ways!
(Hordeum vulgare nudum) An heirloom grain from antiquity, Black Hulless barley is versatile, delicious and easy to grow! Whether you like experimenting with heirloom grains in creative baking endeavors, clever cover cropping rotation or for ornamental use in arrangement and landscaping, you will find Black Hulless barley a delight! This completely hulless variety stands about 2.5-3 feet tall with onyx black seed heads and awns, making for a unique, cat whiskers look that adds fun to floral arrangements. This hulless heirloom is easier to process and makes amazing baked treats!
Amazing pink blooms in profusion! Grown for incredible flowers, tasty buckwheat seeds, and for feeding beneficial insects! In 1987, the very rare pink buckwheat was taken to Japan from the Himalayan Mountains at an altitude of 12,400 feet by Professor Emeritus Akio Ujihara of Shinshu University. We are told that Takano Co. and Mr. Ujihara further developed this to suit the Japanese climate. Clouds of rose-pink flowers cover this low-maintenance perennial buckwheat. The drought-tolerant flowers are fantastic to attract beneficial pollinators in abundance and add an amazing pop to long-lasting bouquets. Planted en masse, it is as stunning as a field of lavender. Easy to grow, deer resistant, drought tolerant and hardy in much of the U.S.