All our other barleys and wheats “lodged” (fell over) during the unseasonable heavy rains in mid-summer of 2012. This one is short and stout and did not budge. Easy to harvest and thresh. Hulled, so it’s not the barley for whole grain cooking, but is the one you want for your homebrew projects! Matures easily in the cool Pacific Northwest.
Unlike commercial varieties, hulless barleys have very loose hulls easily removed by rubbing. Hulless barleys have great potential for the home garden. They are hardy, carefree crops that provide hearty and satisfying food. Excellent as a whole grain. Beautiful purple heads, grows to about 3 feet tall. Grown in the cool Pacific Northwest.
The most common crop variety of buckwheat. Grows to about 3 feet tall. Great forage for bees, also planted as a summer cover crop. We harvest the grain. Buckwheat is hulled and the hull must be removed for whole-grain cooking. Alternatively, grind it into a hearty gluten-free flour. Matures easily in the Pacific Northwest.
“The Other Canola”, Camelina is an oilseed crop that has been grown in the Mediterranean for several thousand years. Cold-hardy and easy to grow, harvest and thresh. Great potential for vegetable oil production in the Pacific Northwest. High in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids but can be heated in cooking, unlike flax. You would need an oil press to utilize the oil; however, Camelina seed is also an excellent addition to poultry feed and has also been used traditionally as a nutritious addition to breads.
Flax is very high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Seeds can be sown in mid-spring and harvested during August when it is still relatively dry. The seeds of this variety are not as mucilaginous as other varieties and are scrumptious eaten out of hand or added directly to breads, muffins or cereals. The plants have very pretty blue flowers about knee high that appear daily only to disappear until the next day’s glorious display. Matures easily in the cool Pacific Northwest.
The second-most widely planted type of millet, primarily in Asia. This millet has the longest history, as it has been grown in China since the sixth millennium BC. Reaches about 4’ tall. The variety we offer is a cool-season, early maturing variety obtained from the USDA. Matures easily in the cool Pacific Northwest. Packets contain a tablespoon of seed.
Tasty Asian green eaten either raw or cooked. Can be harvested at any stage of growth, from micro-greens to mature plant. Sow in spring or fall for a quick crop. Grows all winter long in regions with only light freezes. Approximately 50 days to reach full size.
In Massachusetts I use to see lots of Packman broccoli pre-started plants available at local nurseries but this year do not see any. We liked this variety since it produces lots of side shoots. It may be too late for this year to grow from seeds but what pre-started varieties could I select which has the same side shoot production as Packman.