Perennial Grains Update

Little new was done in 2013.  Last year’s grain effort focused on oats and barley.  It was also a year of observation and reflection on the rye and wheat.

Most of the rye overwintered.  Only one wheat plant overwintered but we did manage to harvest enough seed to grow out more in 2014.  None of the buckwheat overwintered.

We also focused on how to bring wild pasture into cultivation without tilling or using Roundup so that we could move the perennial grains out of the raised test beds.  The process that we tried worked surprisingly well.


We grew a bit of seed that we saved from 2012.


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4 Responses to Perennial Grains Update

  1. Anni Kelsey says:

    Sometimes it’s very frustrating isn’t it when it takes a whole year to not get very far? I love what you are doing and look forward to seeing what happens next.

    • MikeH says:

      It used to be but not so any more. Fukuoka seems to have made a very deep impression on me, one that I’m still exploring.

      Here’s a teaser for what’s happening next.


  2. Bruno says:

    What about the perennial buckwheat? Have you retried to seed it?

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