Buckwheat Certified Organic

Buckwheat Certified Organic

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC. Fagopyrum esculentum. Buckwheat is one of the fastest growing cover crops. It germinates within 3-5 days and grows so quickly it can reach 1m (3') tall in only three weeks. Read More
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CERTIFIED ORGANIC. Fagopyrum esculentum. Buckwheat is one of the fastest growing cover crops. It germinates within 3-5 days and grows so quickly it can reach 1m (3') tall in only three weeks. When its white flowers bloom, they attract pollinating insects and beneficial hover flies. This cover crop grows densely enough that it can be used to smother out competing weeds. Cut and till under within 7-10 days of blooming to avoid re-seeding. A succulent, brittle plant, it can break down completely into the soil in a matter of days. Digging in remains will provide ample organic matter to stimulate the soil biology. When breaking ground for a new garden, grow two consecutive crops to quickly improve tilth and build biomass. Buckwheat is a tender annual and will readily winter-kill. 500g covers approximately 74m2 (800 ft≤). 

Quick Facts:


    • Quick germination and fast growing
    • Attracts pollinating and benefial insects
    • Breaks down quickly to build soil
    • Tender annual that will winter-kill

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All About Buckwheat Certified Organic

Latin

Latin
Fagopyrum esculentum
Family: Polygonaceae

Exposure:

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing

Timing
Sow from 2-4 weeks after the last frost date through the end of August. Frost will kill this half-hardy annual.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 2-4cm (1-1½") deep.

Growing

Growing
Within ten days of blooming (or at any time before), buckwheat can be cut and turned under to improve soil tilth and add organic matter. The plants can be worked into the soil easily with a garden fork. The succulent plant matter decomposes quickly. Wait two weeks to plant the following crop.

How to Buckwheat

Step 1: Timing

Sow from 2-4 weeks after the last frost date through the end of August. Frost will kill this half-hardy annual.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 2-4cm (1-1½") deep.

Step 3: Growing

Within ten days of blooming (or at any time before), buckwheat can be cut and turned under to improve soil tilth and add organic matter. The plants can be worked into the soil easily with a garden fork. The succulent plant matter decomposes quickly. Wait two weeks to plant the following crop.

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