Cover Crop Common Buckwheat Seeds - 65 grams

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In just a few weeks, you can grow your own green manure for healthier soil that is more productive. It's so easy to grow, and so good for the soil! It not only improves your garden's soil, this fast-growing plant is great as a "smother" crop to inhibit weed growth of common annual and perennial garden weeds such as lambsquarter, pigweed, thistle, purslane, and even tough quackgrass. Buckwheat grows in soils with poor fertility, and after germination requires little water; avoid wet soil and shady sites. Seeds sprout within days of planting; plants grow quickly and are ready to till back into the garden a month later. (If you let them grow to maturity, they are 2'-4' tall and 6"-12" wide.) Unlike some other cover crops, the succulent buckwheat plants and fibrous roots are easy to remove and mix into the soil with a shovel or rototiller. You can also leave cut plants on the soil surface as mulch. The white flowers (appearing about a month after planting) attract many beneficial insects to the garden, especially bees that feed on the nectar to make delicious honey. A late summer planting provides a wonderful food source for honeybees, since other nectar sources become more limited at this time of year. Flowers can also be cut and added to a fresh bouquet. This packet plants: 65 square feet (8' x 8' planting area)
  • Fagopyron esculentum
  • 4-6 Weeks
  • Plant Spring, Summer or Fall
  • Heirloom
  • Ships from Ohio