Grains and Cover Crops

Grain

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!

COOK IT! Grain and Cover Crop Recipes HERE

 

Planting instructions for rice:

 

Timeline: Soak seed for ten days at room temperature. Discard floating seeds. Sow seeds in flats and grow in an unheated greenhouse for 4-6 weeks before the last frost. The seedlings should be kept out of frost and temperatures not exceed 80 degrees for a prolonged period of time. Do not let seedlings dry out. Transplant outside around frost, 8-12 inches apart. Make sure to harden off your plants for a few days before you transplant.  Harvest when at least 2/3 of the seeds have fallen over and are golden brown. Dry the rice for 1-2 weeks. 

Water Management: Upland and lowland rice prefer to  grow in wet conditions until the plant ends flowering (~60 days after transplant). Lowland varieties do better in wet clay conditions. Upland varieties can tolerate sandier and drier soils better. Mulch always helps in drier conditions.

Fertility notes:  Do not feed nitrogen to plants after or during flowering, and do not foliar spray the plants when their pollen is being released.   

More information can be found here: Akaogi Rice Growing Manual.   

 

Grains and Cover Crops
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Akamuro Rice

Akamuro Rice GS148

110 days “Aka” means red in Japanese; both the plants and the hulls have... Read More
 
Austrian Winter Pea

Austrian Winter Pea GS101

Pisum arvense) Close relative of Garden or English peas, but this variety... Read More
 
Black Seeded Sesame

Black Seeded Sesame GS124

This black-seeded variety has tasty, nutty-flavored seeds that are popular... Read More
 
Buckwheat

Buckwheat GS104

(Fagopyrum esculentum) Tender plant used as a warm-season cover crop. Plant... Read More
 
Crimson Clover

Crimson Clover GS136

Annual. Also known as Italian Clover. Nitrogen- fixing legume often grown... Read More
 
Duborskian Rice

Duborskian Rice GS146

110 days Our trusted upland rice. One of the first varieties tried in New... Read More
 
Emmer Wheat

Emmer Wheat GS134

(Triticum dicoccum) We’re so excited to be able to offer this “ancient... Read More
 
Flax

Flax GS113

(Linum usitatissimum) True source of fibers that for thousands of years... Read More
 
Hairy Vetch

Hairy Vetch GS105

(Vicia villosa) Plant spring or fall for nitrogen fixation and abundance... Read More
 
Hayayuki Rice

Hayayuki Rice GS145

100 days Our standard rice. Fastest maturing and can work in zone 4B in... Read More
 
Hulless Oats

Hulless Oats GS129

(Avena sativa) In 1755, Samuel Johnson called oats: “grain... Read More

 
Millet, German Foxtail

Millet, German Foxtail GS107

(Setaria italica) Sow in spring or early summer. Used as a cover crop,... Read More
 
Quinoa - Cherry Vanilla

Quinoa - Cherry Vanilla GS133

(Chenoppodium quinoa) 90-120 days. 3 to 5-foot tall plants are smothered... Read More
 
Quinoa, Brightest Brilliant

Quinoa, Brightest Brilliant GS112

Ornamental enough to deserve a place in the border, but a productive and... Read More
 
Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle)

Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle) OG130

(Chenopodium berlandiera) A relative of Lamb's Quarters and Quinoa, it... Read More
 
Red Faro Quinoa

Red Faro Quinoa GS139

This is a highly productive grain quinoa that can double as an ornamental... Read More
 
Red Fife Wheat

Red Fife Wheat GS141

Red fife was the first heritage wheat Nominated into the Slow Foods Ark... Read More
 
Rice Carolina Gold

Rice Carolina Gold GS126

Considered the "grandfather" of long-grain rice culture in North America,... Read More
 
Rose Red Soba (Buckwheat)

Rose Red Soba (Buckwheat) GS111

Grown for incredible flowers, tasty buckwheat seeds, feeding beneficial... Read More
 
Sesame, Light Seeded

Sesame, Light Seeded GS106

(Sesamum indicum) Light-seeded. Cultivated in the Near East for at least... Read More
 
Variegated Cat Grass

Variegated Cat Grass GS100

Barley (Hordeum Vulgare). Cats love a number of different grasses when... Read More
 
Wheat, Cham 2 -  1oz

Wheat, Cham 2 - 1oz GS137

Bread wheat from Syria, where the semi-dwarf plants are usually grown under... Read More
 
White Sonora Wheat

White Sonora Wheat GS135

(Triticum aestivum) Here’s another very old wheat, dating to the time before... Read More
 
Winter Rye

Winter Rye GS140

This is an excellent winter cover crop, especially for those who do not... Read More
 
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