About nine months ago, I sown my first ever patch of wheat. After a few skirmishes with birds a few weeks ago, and a few of them stupidly getting stuck in the net I added to protect my wheat, finally, the time for the harvest has come.
With my brand new scythe, I cut about a third of the patch. I didn't cut all the way down, just enough to be able to hold the grains in my hand.
Now, I want to be sure that the next steps are the correct ones. How can I get all the grain ? As far as I understand, I'll need to beat the stalks so that the grains are the only thing left, and then use a fan to remove the envelope ? What are the steps, what are efficient ways to do it ? I've got about 10 sq meter of wheat, so I'm doing all of this by hand. Any guide on the subject would be awesome.
If you've only got 10m2 then cut the wheat with the straw attached, make it into hand sized bundles and smack the grain end around inside a bucket, hit it off the sides of the bucket until all the grains fall off, then take the bucket to a windy area and pour the contents from one bucket to another one, vary the distance between them until you get the grain in the bottom bucket and most of the chaff blown away.
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