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Sowing buckwheat is a well-known cereal plant grown industrially. What is she to do in my garden, you ask? We answer! Buckwheat deserves growing in any private garden or vegetable garden because it attracts many beneficial insects, suppresses weeds, and adds healthy green mass to the compost heap. In addition, small plantings of garden buckwheat are surprisingly easy to handle.

Buckwheat flowers attract many bees and other pollinating insects with their morning shower of the sweetest nectar, and they also support healthy populations of small beneficial insects. It has been scientifically established that flowering buckwheat provides a significant boost to the development of important beneficial species, in particular the hoverfly (commonly known as the surf fly, but commonly referred to simply as hoverflies because of their seemingly light ability to hover - like babbling in the air). Most hoverfly larvae are too small to be seen without a magnifying glass, but they are voracious predators of aphids and other small, soft-bodied insects. On both sides of the Atlantic, researchers have found that growing buckwheat nearby can severely deter pests in potatoes, broccoli, green beans and other vegetable crops, in particular by providing an abundance of food for their female beetles.

Organic vegetable growers who use buckwheat as their primary pest control strategy have found it important to grow buckwheat within 6 meters of crops, which is very easy to do in the garden. The erect but slender buckwheat plants have such small roots that they can be easily pulled out with a single movement of the hand. Some buckwheat seeds sown among potatoes are known to confuse potential pests, and a wide strip of buckwheat creates a wonderful healthy backdrop for strawberries. During the summer, buckwheat can be sown anywhere that is little more than a dinner plate. In good weather, buckwheat can go from seed to flowering in a little over a month.

Buckwheat's quick germination makes it the best weed control agent. Later, when the plants are harvested, the residual compounds secreted by the growing buckwheat roots can act as natural herbicides, inhibiting the germination of weed seeds.

Phosphorus and calcium are some of the most important nutrients needed by plants. Soils that are regularly enriched with organic matter often contain an abundance of these nutrients, but in forms that are difficult for plants to assimilate. Buckwheat is called a phosphorus pump because of its ability to absorb soil phosphorus and process it into a more plant-friendly form. If you find even a small piece of buckwheat land in your garden, both your garden and your compost pile will count as a reward.

You can start planting buckwheat any time after the last spring frost. Buckwheat planted in late spring and early summer tends to grow taller than later crops, which grow as days get shorter.

In a private garden, buckwheat is usually grown to attract beneficial insects, to be added to compost, and as a medicinal plant, so the plants are harvested before they devote all their resources to developing mature seeds.

Buckwheat seeds are offered by most seed companies that sell seed crops, although a health food store might be your cheapest source of seeds. In such health food stores, you can always find raw buckwheat for sale, which usually sprouts excellently. The word "groats" means peeled seeds that are raw and sold for germination.But keep in mind that fried buckwheat groats sold as breakfast cereals will never sprout no matter what.

Continuation - in the articles:

  • Buckwheat in cooking
  • Useful and medicinal properties of buckwheat