Excellent producer of compost material and grain.
Outstanding weed-suppressing cover crop.
Very tall (to 8')-put stakes and string around the bed for support. Easy to grow, takes difficult conditions.
BOTANICAL NAME : Secale cereal
Sow in cool weather; stands heat fairly well. Dug under when 9" tall if used as green manure. Does well in most soils not too acidic/alkaline. If growing asa grain plant seed 5" apart and let mature over a 4-6 month period. Harvest when heads are dry and golden. Its grains are nutritious and its stalks good for the compost pile's all important carbon.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFO: C/Matures 17 (overwintered)/Harvest 0-4/Yield grain 4-24, dry biomass 12-72/Spacing 5"