chip sanft wrote:
I know buckwheat is a great cover crop, but I wonder: Has anybody been able to get food / fodder from small-scale plantings?
Jonathan Byron wrote:
Bee's do love it, it provides one of the highest honey yields per acre. I've read that BW flowers are only open in the morning, and that bees who work it become cross in the afternoon.
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
Maybe some borage would help. You might have to give it a head start vs. the buckwheat.
A buckwheat, borage, vetch, crimson clover would be an amazing soil build combo.. Just combine the 4 and broadcast it.. If you begin to keep bees you'll have a super sweet combination of clover and buckwheat honey...and some serious soil aeration and better quality soon after..
ellen rosner wrote:
is the picture in yr post of buckwheat?
I searched images online and found many different images, none looked like the one you have.
Whatever your pic is of, it grows abundantly in the abandonned plot that I am turning into an herb garden. I've been admiring it.
And questions about how to get the soil benefit of buckwheat-
do you grow it, then mow it, then turn it into the soil?
Pull it up after it flowers?
How long til you plant another crop where the buckwheat grew?
I love that it attract bees, that is one of the purposes of my herb garden.
Thanks in advance. I am learning so much here!
Manu Hatfield wrote:I experimented with buckwheat last year as part of a rotation. As you may observe from the picture it can grow quite dense. It’s by far the best weed suppresser I’ve come across. This is not necessarily a good thing if you try to follow up with other plants (I tried undersowing with clovers and rye later in the summer to no avail).