Steve Thorn wrote:Yes, I plan on using the seeds to make grain.
I'm thinking that I may can get two crops of it this year and maybe even three!
Like you mentioned, I'm glad it'll be blooming in late summer and early fall to provide additional food for pollinators.
Steve Thorn wrote:Diane, I've never grown the perennial buckwheat.
Here's an older thread talking about it a little though.
I've really enjoyed the annual buckwheat so far, so I'll probably be sticking with that. Let me know how the perennial buckwheat is if you try it!
Steve Thorn wrote:I haven't tasted it yet actually Scott. The type I've planted is supposed to be sweet though, and I'll hopefully be able to let you know for sure soon!
Mike Barkley wrote:Looking good!!! Stumbled across this interesting info about harvesting buckwheat.
Steve Thorn wrote:The buckwheat seeds germinated easily and quickly from direct sowing, by scattering the seeds on the ground and lightly mixing with the soil and a small amount of mulch and walking on them.
They were planted right before a few days of rain which watered them in well.
They are growing fast!
Diane Kistner wrote:Steve, this post inspired me to order and plant some buckwheat, which I did. I scattered the seed on some freshly hoed ground and just threw some decomposing wood mulch on top of it. Buckwheat is sprouting all over the place!
Question: Do I need to do any thinning, or just let it do its thing? Mine are coming up about like yours in the picture, maybe a day or two away from looking as big as yours.
Scott Foster wrote:Buckwheat looks like an ornamental. I may plant some next year. Very nice.
Steve Thorn wrote:White and pink buckwheat flowers, so purty!
Matt Todd wrote:Do you only get one cutting from annual buckwheat? For instance, if you sew in the spring and chop it down in mid summer before it self seeds, what are you left with for the rest of the season?
I'm interested in it as a cover crop but am concerned that self seeding would send it everywhere... but I guess that would only be an issue if it takes root in my neighboring chip beds. Think it would?
if you sew in the spring and chop it down in mid summer before it self seeds, what are you left with for the rest of the season?
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