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  1. #1
    martian
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    Has anyone tried growing Buckwheat?

    There's a lot of soggy ground round the country that won't allow travel until late spring at the earliest. Just seeing how quickly the buckwheat gets away when planted in cover crops after harvest (only to be killed by the first whiff of frost) I was wondering whether it would make a decent break crop here in the UK. Smothers weeds, not much N required and the bees love it. Anyone tried it?

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    Deereone
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    Re: Has anyone tried growing Buckwheat?

    There is certainly a demand for it from the Gluten intolerant.
    I guess they must grow it in Brittany as all the crepes are made from it.

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    shakerator
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    Re: Has anyone tried growing Buckwheat?

    in game mix yes.

    there is not one herbicide recommended.

    yields are also low i have read. but if you can find the right market....

    all it is is a domesticated annual bindweed really!

    it wont use much water though the roots are pretty pathetic

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    York
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    Re: Has anyone tried growing Buckwheat?

    Quote Originally Posted by shakerator View Post
    in game mix yes.

    there is not one herbicide recommended.

    yields are also low i have read. but if you can find the right market....

    all it is is a domesticated annual bindweed really!

    it wont use much water though the roots are
    pretty pathetic
    We like the roots of Buckwheat. We describe them to be "corkscrew roots" going through almost anything.
    Besides as seed n a cover crop mix there is hardly any market over here. even in Ukraine, where it is a main food, the prices fluctuate much more than in wheat. Depending on how the harvest was & the demand.
    York-Th.

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    static
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    Re: Has anyone tried growing Buckwheat?

    I am using some in my green manure mix.

    There is at least a SOLA for dessicating with roundup. You can find a range of herbicides that are used around the world on buckwheat but you would be a naughty to use them in the UK.

  6. #6
    martian
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    Re: Has anyone tried growing Buckwheat?

    Was hoping that you wouldn't need a herbicide as it is a good smothering crop. Certainly seems to be a lot grown worldwide in our sort of latitude, thought it might be a spring option where the OSR has failed...as long as harvest isn't too late or tricky. It sounds like it's a bit like borage in that it doesn't ripen all at once, you take a view and swathe it or desiccate pre-combining

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