Buckwheat is a fast growing, soil building grain. It has many different uses – you can harvest the grain, thresh it and then mill it. Turn it into some delicious buckwheat pancakes. Or feed it off to your livestock; poultry loves buckwheat. You can use it as a green manure in your garden beds, because it is great for aerating your soil.
And by July 31 it looked like this. Beautiful white nodding flowers covered the whole Buckwheat patch. This is when it should be harvested.
I just used my large garden shears to cut the patch down.
Here is the stubble left behind which I will dig into the soil. This well help improve the soil and I will take any small amount I can get. If I was using the Buckwheat only as a green manure, I would cut it down and dig it all into the garden bed.
I wanted to feed the Buckwheat off to the laying hens and they loved it.
We hung the Buckwheat in our Greenhouse until it was dried. Every day however, we would grab a bundle and throw it in for the laying hens.
If you plant early Peas and don’t have anything in mind for that space after the Peas are done, consider planting some Buckwheat. Five weeks from start to finish and it smothers all the weeds due to the nice big canopy that the leaves of the Buckwheat provides.
Now we regularly grow Buckwheat any place we can. What began as a garden experiment has turned out to be an ongoing part of our plan to continually be building up our soil.
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