Category Archives: Grains

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 … Continue reading

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Wild Pasture Cultivation and Perennial Grains

Back in October of last year, I wondered if we grew annual or perennial grains.  Well, the results are mixed.  The rye was 100% perennial; the wheat was mixed; and the buckwheat was annual. At the same time, I was thinking about how … Continue reading

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But is it viable?

That was the question I asked on April 22, 2013.  As the pictures show, the answer is yes. These grains were past the milk stage but still soft. In addition, I also attempted germination on a large number of possibly … Continue reading

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Spring Oat Harvest in Canada

Well not exactly.  Back in March, I wrote about 0ur experiment with Cavena Nuda.  This grain has continually surprised me.  It’s done it again. But is it viable?  Another germination test will tell.  Even if it isn’t,  there is more … Continue reading

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Oats

A couple of years ago we grew a tiny bit of Rodney oats from Dan Jason. The yield wasn’t bad but threshing was difficult.  So we put the idea of oats aside.  Then in late 2011, in a very good blog … Continue reading

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From field to plate

One of the things that we’ve been looking at on and off again for the past couple of years has been grains. Grains store well and they are loaded with calories and nutrients. One of the stumbling blocks has been … Continue reading

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Bringing wild pasture into cultivation without tilling or spraying

Both the perennial rye and perennial wheat formed very dense growth. No weeds at all appeared. They had no competition. But they were growing in a raised bed because it’s the ideal place to start seedlings. The soil is rich … Continue reading

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