I enjoy trying to think how to go against the arguements of others but the perception that something so healthy and cheap and so much better for the atmophere as organic or permaculture methods are should be very hard to bring about because the chemical companies will put their all into making those who talk of organ¡nic matter looks silly and us¡ng all the other tactics that work to convince pople of what is not true, is enough to make anyone very cross.
I think i saw Sepp Holzer use a bill hook to cut some of his grain, he grabbed an armful of his tall wheat and cut it with a bill hook, at least that is what its called in some parts of England, as harvesters do in medieival paintings.
Its a pity no one else is joining in on this thread as keeping the genetic seed bank big is so important.
For permaculturists grains that give more mulch because old fashioned varieties had a lot more stalk to them should be important, growing oats and rye seems to be a big bit of green and cover crop growing from the little i have read while looking into places that sell heritage cereal grain. agri rose macaskie.
Hubert cumberdale, so you keep grains and let them revert to type, took me awhile to remember that expression having a gardening mother and grandmother, leaves me with a bigger verbal heritage than i knew i had picked up, like reverts to type, and thats how you get wild grain. sounds a good way.
I have remember the more normal less north country name for a bill hook, a sickle. I think I remember seeing sepp holzer thrash at some weeds with a sycthe but cut his tall russian wheat with a bill hook. I should look for the video again instead of saying i think i remember. I am so dismayed at what seemed to be the big arc of the sycthe I have bought, i cant imagine how i can use it except in a big space but maybe i will just have to practice how to give a fast enough swipe in a small space a bit.
The people in India collecting rice grain for some officail place or university in, Delhi I think, were probably collecting wheat grain too. It is hard to imagine they had that sort of worry about the genetic bank and did not extend it to wheet. They do eat wheat products in India dont they? They have that bread called chapatties, i think that how its spelt. agri rose macaskie.
Jordan Lowery wrote: I had a old world wheat from north Africa the plant had between 150-200 tillers each with a grain head on top. I watched it grow from a single seed in a seedball.