Scrapfe---Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.--Otto von Bismarck.
Then whats the point? why waste seed> just plow ever 4 weeks and kill everything you need to..
I had to read that a couple times . Mow my crop ? I did get the part about the weeds and a cover crop ...but mow ? OK clover gets mowed .Buckwheat goes in with the corn . Its allowed to bloom ...its a feed crop for us . Deer love it,,ducks move in to eat the seed . Its great for bees because when its done golden rod has started . Whats left is pulled for next yrs seed . Its a great crop .
Buckwheat’s quick maturity is one reason (I think) old time Northern farmers planted it. As previously noted, this is just my theory. I don't think there was ever much commercial demand for buckwheat flour, but it was a quick and sure harvest (without much work or rain) that could help feed a family in a pinch.
If you are planting it for your bees, let it go to seed or even keep disturbing the ground so new plants will germinate, grow, and flower. If on the other hand you want to use buckwheat as green Roundup follow the advice in post 21.
I don't have a clue how much time before buckwheat seeds become viable.
Last edited by Scrapfe; 07-08-2012 at 12:47 PM.
Even if you don’t practice organic gardening this will encourage healthier root systems for your veggies, make cultivation easier, and hold moisture better. While just plowing every 30 days creates a deep seedbed so you can grow better weeds next year. Try it some time and see if you don’t agree.
Last edited by Scrapfe; 07-07-2012 at 07:22 PM. Reason: combination
I think the seed is viable once it reaches the dark brown color. Maybe medium brown? I try to leave mine until the seed clusters will easily "strip" from the plant with very little resistance. Then I mow/bush hog "high"...then mid level...then as low as possible without making ground contact. After this, I lightly harrow - just disturbing the soil.
I collected about two gallons before bush hogging July 4th at 2 p.m. It was around 99 in the shade - and I wasn't. Thats getting close to the sharp stick eye poke... LOL
No noticiable difference in weed growth.....at least here.....
well done the buckwheat, plant it every year, must be our soil as its not that great of ground cover
I did (or tried) a pasture improvement experiment this spring, flail-mowed off about an acre and a half of a field I have where I am keeping a couple of my new colonies, then ran disc harrows over a couple of times, and broadcast a mix of buckwheat, white clover, alfafa and trefoil. Right after it got pretty dry and emergence/germinaiton was not that great. Overall it has not worked very well. The grass came back and smothered the clover/alfalfa mostly; some buckwheat made it, but is stunted and has not made much of a difference. It's flowering now but apparently not enough of a source for the bees to bother with it. I should have cultivated more aggressively or plowed it -will try again next year. Now I find I have wild parsnip in part of the field and am cutting it before it seeds, a nasty invasive.