On June 18, I seeded 4 plots with buckwheat. Since they had not been claimed by anyone, the weeds were into a serious party. That ended the 18th.
After tilling up the weed-dead-heads, I scattered buckwheat seed, and lightly tilled in the seed to about an 1 1/2 inch deep. As you can see it has sprouted. And as of yesterday was growing very well.
The purpose is for the buckwheat plant to provide a living cover for the soil, suppressing weeds, and ultimately to be sacrificed in about 2-months to the tiller and become green manure.
Shortly after I will sow with berseem clover for the fall and winter. This adds up to 200 lbs/acre of available nitrogen.
So watch as little Bucky grows this summer. Welcome our new friend as we do our new NCCG members.
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