What started out as a cover crop is now a chance to experiment in a grain harvesting. Mr.J had planted this Buckwheat last July in a new garden plot next door. Mother Nature had her own plans and rain came down preventing it from being cut & integrated into the soil at the proper time. I recently asked Mr.J if he would want to try a small portion for harvesting the grain so it's not a waste. When he said go for it, I could not have been happier. My distraught mood earlier in the summer over NOT being able to make my grain video is still not 100% turned BUT I will do the best with what I have been so kindly given instead of turning away from the gift of opportunity. With the best of intentions to make things solid.
The flowering Buckwheat on September 14th
The rain began overnight after this harvest so I doubt I will have anything more harvestable. At least the experience & a little grain were gained.
**TIP: as for removing the hull, The grain is spread out to dry, then a jaunt in the oven for 90 minutes at 180 F degrees to help dry it to the proper stage. Once dried, using a manual OLD style meat grinder with the multi hole disk- simply feed the grain through, using adequate hole size disk to grain size, which will help"open" the hull. Then spread out on sheet, spread around a bit, rough it up some. No need to be gentle. Flop around in the sheet, beat it a little, then spread out again. Use a fan, starting on lowest setting angled at level to gently "blow" hulls from the grain kernal. THEN either store away or Bust out the grain grinder Grain Maker and Mill some buckwheat flour. Our entire family can operate the Grain Maker, despite what some much older reviews on other sites have stated. If my 5 year old can turn the handle, then it's not a hard job to do.
Stay tuned for more on this subject coming next week. My trip to the LDS cannery for stocking up on bulk wheat berries & more. **