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hobby-scale grains in GA

 
Gray Simpson
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Location: McDonough, GA
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I live just south of Atlanta, GA. I have Cecil sandy clay loam. Most of the yard is shaded by trees, but there's enough sun for centipede grass and most vegetables/flowers. Last year some utility workers dug a hole to work on something and then sowed some kind of grain -- this was some time during the fall or winter, and I didn't pay attention to how deep they planted the grains. It grew very well, with no weeds (picture below), and I was able to harvest it and make some sprouted wheat bread.

I'd like to dig up a few square meters of the lawn and plant what I have saved, since the regular wheat I planted that same year did very poorly. So my questions are: 1. What kind of grain is in the picture? 2. How deep should I plant it, and when? (I guess I could experiment with this) 3. Would it work to plant some red/white/yellow clover along with the wheat to make it pretty and fix nitrogen? 4. Could I grow a different grain in the summer like Fukuoka does with rice/barley? I don't think this grain likes hot weather.
 
John Alabarr
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I haven't seen the picture, but when they workded on the ditches near my house here in Ga, they seeded it with what looked like wheat.
 
Marc Troyka
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Down here I would suggest corn/rice for the summer. Rice is a bit tricky, especially if you can't get wild/heirloom rice seed. Corn is easier.

Most things you plant may do better either on hugelkultur and/or in partial shade. I shouldn't have to tell you how brutal the heat and humidity can get.
 
Gray Simpson
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Sorry, here's the picture.

 
Gray Simpson
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Can't figure out how to embed from Picasa. Here's the picture.
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Mystery grain?
 
David Miller
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It looks like triticale though I'd google triticale, rye and wheat and compare if I were you.
 
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