This spring we are doing some more experimenting with small scale grain growing. After doing some research on buckwheat, it really seems to be a wonder crop. It is easy to grow, germinating in only 3-5 days and grows well in dry climates, giving up to 3-4 crops per year. Not only do the bees love it, buckwheat provides one of the highest honey yields per acre. Bees working the buckwheat flowers make a dark sweet honey with a robust flavor that is high in antioxidants.
|tester bed about two weeks after planting, covered with young buckwheat leaves|
Oh, and we can't forget buckwheat pancakes!