Spring and Fall Grains
All of our seed is untreated and Open-pollinated.
To make it easier to plan your growing season, we have separated the grains according to the temperatures they need for best growth, and their place in the garden calendar.
Many familiar cereal grains do most of their growth in cool weather. They mature their crops as the days get hot. These are grouped together as "Spring and Fall Grains." Wheat, Rye, and Barley are typical of this type.
Preparing the soil to grow grains is just the same as for other garden crops. Just make sure the seed is well-covered and the soil has no big clods. Most grains do not want vast amounts of fertility, because the plants would get too tall and leafy. That can cause the plants to lodge which means to fall over, ruining the grain.
Farmers often use winter wheat, rye, or triticale to "mop up" the nitrogen that is still in the soil at the end of the growing season, so that it isn't lost to winter rains. The nutrients that would otherwise run off are safe in the leaves of the plants, to be released in the compost pile after the grain is cut and threshed.
GB=GROWBIOINTENSIVE approved; O= Certified Organic; N=Natural; C=varied methods
Days to Maturity figures are really just for comparing between varieties within a category. Actual days will vary from location to location, depending on garden conditions.