Saturday, June 26, 2010
Last year Ed read Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Logsdon from the library. He had been interested in growing some grain before but this book gave some tools to make the idea less of a dream and more reality! Last summer Ed converted part of our pasture into four test plots. The idea is to experiment with grain raising and any other ideas that we come up with that we just can't fit into our garden.
I recently realized that I've never posted any pictures of these little plots. Of course, we don't know what we are doing or if it will work. But I like to read about other gardener's goals, plans, and ideas - whether they work or not!
Last fall, we planted some buck wheat to help clear the weeds and thistles.
This spring, we found that some of the things we wanted to plant (like wheat) needed to wait until fall. So most of these plots are actually extending our garden then growing grain!
We've had critter problems in this patch. It is too far away from the house for me to keep the rabbits chased out. I've planted the beans and corn three times, so some plants are large and other hills are just beginning. Most of the beans have disappeared. I'll probably have horrible germination. But I mainly did this patch just for fun with the children. Hopefully we'll at least get a few pumpkins.
Linked to Garden Party.