Do people grow grains in polycultures? How does that look? I'm imagining tufts maybe 24" in diameter in amongst whatever other annuals/perennials/trees. Is this crazy?
works just as good if not better withy barley as its a stroner grain imo.
The North Dakota State University Ag Department wrote:The average American, drinking their 20 gallons of beer per year, consumes about 21 pounds of barley which requires about 0.008 acres (336 square feet) to produce.
Brenda Groth wrote:planted hulless barley and hulless oats this year and neither sprouted
I had really poor results with hulless oats, too.
so far it looks healthy to me. I planted it densely, using pigs to loosen the soil and turn it all in. I don't expect the turnips or flax to be human food, but I am hoping for a barley yield.
The barley is the green in the center, rear.
Rye etc on left, beans squash sunflowers etc on right.
The polyculture is no problem... The shade might hurt it, we'll see.
Pic 2: I have a patch of wheat etc on sandy soil, also under locusts looking quite nice, but the timing is so different, the wheat being nearly filled out already.
Pic 3: I put rye in my hugelculture beds to hold things up. They do the job, and yield big grains of rye, but not many, since they are just planted here and there.
Note that the Jerusalem artichokes in all of these polycultures don't seem to be hurting a soul.
Sorry the pics are so low quality.
I would love to see pics of whatever you come up with.