Common Buckwheat Cover Crop Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

#7606
Availability: In Stock
Buckwheat has been used for centuries to improve soil health and smother common weeds. It grows better than most cover crops in poor soils and is better at retrieving phosphorus, a macro-nutrient that contributes to later crops' root, flower, and fruit growth. Buckwheat not only grows quickly, it also breaks down quickly in the soil, allowing for planting in the same area just 3 to 4 weeks after incorporating it into the soil. It can also be used as mulch on the soil surface. If allowed, white flowers will form about 35 days after sowing and are loved by beneficial insects and even make pretty filler in bouquets! Turn buckwheat into soil before seeds begin forming. Because buckwheat is cold sensitive, it is grown spring to fall frost, except in mild climates that may be warm enough to grow into fall and possibly winter.
$3.29 65 grams

Botanical Name: Fagopyrum esculentum

Days to Maturity: 30–40 days

Family: Polygonaceae

Native: China

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–48" tall, 6"–12" wide

Variety Information: Upright plant with succulent stems, broad leaves, and fibrous root system. Abundant white flowers appear 4 to 5 weeks after sowing.

Exposure: Full sun

When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date when soil temperature is at least 55°F, or any time up to 4 weeks before your average first fall frost date.

When to Start Inside: Not applicable.

Days to Emerge: 3–5 days

Seed Depth: ½"–1"

Seed Spacing: Scatter at the rate of about 1 seed every 4"

Thinning: Not required.

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I will plant it every year
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Early spring of 2018, we killed a bunch of the grass in the backyard by covering it with cardboard, and then covered that with compost. When the weather warmed up a bit, I planted buckwheat all over just help hold the soil in place while I decided what else I wanted to plant. As it warmed enough to put my tomato, pepper, okra and other starts out, I just dug a hole in the buckwheat and put my plants in. In places that the buckwheat got too tall and started shading my veggies, I just cut it down and left it in place on the surface of the soil. I let it flower everywhere else and the bees and other pollinators adored it. I had the best cherry tomato and okra crop I've ever had. It decays so quickly after it is cut, that it has already all incorporated into the soil and I didn't till it in anywhere. Just chopped and dropped. My neighbors were in awe of my garden this year and the number of pollinators that I had. I think the buckwheat definitely contributed to my success.
Lindsey
Owner Response: Lindsey, Thank you so much for sharing your experience-- the methods and tips are great!

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