A scattering of buckwheat

During the heatwave last week, the purple sprouting broccoli seedlings in the shed got forgotten. Just for a day. They were cooped up without fresh air and water, so when I finally remembered them, they were more than a little wilted.

Fingers crossed that I caught them in time. Certainly, the signs are good. I could see that most of the seedlings had new tiny leaves on them which had not wilted, so I’ve been giving them lots of tender loving care over the past week and it looks like they are going to survive.

The bed they are to go in is not yet ready, anyway. I’d been leaving the garlic in there as long as possible but yesterday seemed a good time for it to move on. Thus, the garlic is now drying in the house and I have sown buckwheat seed over the soil in the raised bed.

The greenery in the bed is mostly nasturtiums.

The idea was that this bed should be no-dig but it is difficult to get garlic out without some help from a digging tool. Even with the fork there was the inevitable soil disturbance. However, I decided that I would avoid further disturbance by scattering buckwheat seeds over the surface and then hope that some would not be eaten by the birds.

A few years ago, I had found that buckwheat seemed to protect the cabbages from cabbage white butterflies. I am therefore hoping that it will do the same for the purple sprouting broccoli and it will also produce seed, which I believe I will be able to eat.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to A scattering of buckwheat

  1. A good exercise in recovery

  2. I didn’t know buckwheat helped protect against cabbage white butterflies – I will have to try that.

  3. Great to know the buckwheat seemed to protect the cabbage from cabbage white butterflies. I grow kale and always grow plenty because of the worms. Next time I will see if I can get some buckwheat seed and give it a shot. I haven’t grown buckwheat before, but I know it is a great cover crop and can be used as green manure to improve the soil. I hope you are well! Thanks for sharing!

    • Helen says:

      I hope the buckwheat works for you as well.

      When you say worms, do you mean those that live in the ground? They are eating your kale?

      • No, not earthworms… The larvae of the Cabbage White Butterfly and a species of inchworm. I took photos today and will write a post about them soon.

        • Helen says:

          Oh, I see. Well, I’ve had experience of buckwheat with the former but the inchworm is new to me. I’m wondering if we have them here in the U.K.

          I’m still not getting your posts on my newsfeed. So, I had to access your blog through the comment you made on this post of mine yesterday. Perhaps your next post about the larvae will now show up but isn’t it unfortunately that the newsfeed doesn’t work properly!

          • I took photos yesterday evening. Apparently, I am seeing the Cabbage White Butterflies but not their larvae. The inch worm is the larvae of a Cabbage Looper Moth. Another worm is from the Cross-Striped Cabbageworm Moth which I didn’t see until this year.

            Strange you don’t get my posts on your newsfeed. I use the reader for blogs I follow but I have been very tardy…

          • Helen says:

            Well, no idea why the reader only picks up some posts and not all I follow but glad to have caught up with yours now.

            Sounds like there are quite a few beasties for you to contend with!

          • I always plant plenty of kale to share with them. If I didn’t, I would not have any for myself and to share with other humans. 🙂

  4. carolee says:

    Love growing buckwheat. It has rather tender stems, so it is fairly easy to chop with the shovel and turn into the soil when it’s knee high. If allowed to grow larger the stems get tougher, but the Bees love the white flowers. The seed is pretty easy to harvest, and to separate out. The only way I every used it was to grind it for flour (buckwheat pancakes and maple syrup!)

    • Helen says:

      I love things made with buckwheat flour but I also like the grains whole 😊. Glad you find it useful both in the garden and kitchen, too, Carolee.

  5. Lavinia Ross says:

    Thanks for the tip on buckwheat, Helen.

    • Helen says:

      Wow! Looks like I’ve interested a few people with my observations. I just hope buckwheat does actually help you out, if you decide to try it.

I love to read about your own experiences and any other feedback you have, so look forward to your comments below.

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