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Iain Adams
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wondering if any permies out there have managed to establish a reliably self-seeding patch of buckwheat in a place with cold winters...

i grew a bunch this year in a polyculture setup for chicken feed and am wondering if any of the leftover seed will pop up next year when the soil warms. i've heard from folks in slightly warmer climates that it self-seeds very well, even with several months of freezing temperatures. wondering if i can get away with the same here in "zone 5" where winters are a bit more intense.

anyone tried it?
 
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i would love to establish small stands of grain that are permanent as well, but I haven't heard of anyone doing this here yet..
 
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No problem here with intense winters. I'm just colecting seeds to sow them all year long, lots i just throw back to patches and cover with some mulch. It'll come out next spring like it did this year.
 
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It's too soon for me to answer your question, but I decided to experiment with buckwheat this year after research and reading on Permies.

I broadcast seeded buckwheat without tilling -- 50 lbs, mixed with forage peas and weeds over a couple acres in east central MN. The buckwheat seems to have set seed despite the drought. Everyone (including extension service literature) says buckwheat can turn into a "weed," so I'm hopeful that it'll re-seed itself. I may add more buckwheat seed again next spring to get things going.

Maybe somebody who has had this going for a few years will chime in.
 
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awesome. thanks so much for the input. where are you located, if i might ask?

i'll throw down some more mulch and we'll see what happens in the spring. it's planted on the sunny, downward end of a swale and a small pond in a little pocket of warmth, so i'm hopeful it will be back next year with a vengeance. having self sustaining buckwheat would be amazing. this years crop was surprisingly easy to process, and combined with big volunteer patches of wild amaranth, lambs quarters, perennial rye, and few other goodies, it's already put a big dent in our feed bill.


Tal Frulot wrote:No problem here with intense winters. I'm just colecting seeds to sow them all year long, lots i just throw back to patches and cover with some mulch. It'll come out next spring like it did this year.
 
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