Any experience growing grains in your family garden???

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Any experience growing grains in your family garden???

We are wanting to get some more gardening beds in... we are so new at this it is pathetic... anybody have any experience growing grains in their family garden? I hear quinoa is a perfect protein?? 

Maybe I should just start working the lasagna bed layers and get it ready for winter wheat?? (I like the lasagna idea to hold in moisture and help prevent the weeds... and if I get the used stable straw and manure... I should be able to avoid fertilizers??)

Anybody know how long it takes for horse manure to be ready to plant?? (so it doesn't burn the plants??)

Sorry for all the questions! Thanks in advance for any help!!!!

Laineyisat

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Heirloom Seeds

I haven't done grains yet as far as for human consumption but do grow grains for feeding animals (Millet, Milo, Safflower, Sunflower, Buckwheat mainly) . 

One of the most important things to think about regardless of what you grow; if you want to harvest your own seeds from your crops to plant again in the spring, you should start with heirloom seeds/plants and not hybrid seeds.  Although hybrid plants generally yield more, you usually have to buy more of the same seeds every year.  The only luck that I have had so far harvesting hybrid seeds and replanting was with cherry tomato plants.

Example of Heirloom Grain Seeds below:

http://sustainableseedco.com/Heirloom-Grain-Seed/

I use horse manure in the fall/early winter when I am ready to till the manure into the soil after all of the plants have died and dried up so that it is ready to till and plant in the spring.

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Hey Coal Cracker....

Yep, I'm with you on the heirloom seeds....

But I've got a question: how is harvesting for animals different than harvesting for people???? (sorry for the stupid question.... )

KUDOS to you for growing grains for your animals.... You are way ahead of the pack!

Laineyisat

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No experience yet personally,

No experience yet personally, but I'm planning for it.

I'd recommend you check out books by Gene Logsdon. His book The Contrary Farmer gets into this somewhat, and even ideas on how to hand-harvest and hand-thresh, and build a corn crib and granary for storage. (No plans or drawings, though.) He wrote another years ago, called Small Scale Grain Raising, that I think is out of print, but you might find a copy if you hunt for it. And his Practical Skills is excellent too (also out of print, I believe).

Oh, and he's got a blog at http://thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com/.

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

valleygirl wrote:

No experience yet personally, but I'm planning for it.

I'd recommend you check out books by Gene Logsdon. His book The Contrary Farmer gets into this somewhat, and even ideas on how to hand-harvest and hand-thresh, and build a corn crib and granary for storage. (No plans or drawings, though.) He wrote another years ago, called Small Scale Grain Raising, that I think is out of print, but you might find a copy if you hunt for it. And his Practical Skills is excellent too (also out of print, I believe).

Oh, and he's got a blog at http://thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com/.

Thank you so much! I'll check it out!!

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popcorn

We grow popcorn, but it's really more of a fun family project than a serious prepper sort of thing.  :)

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http://www.amazon.com/Small-S

http://www.amazon.com/Small-Scale-Grain-Raising-Second-Processing/dp/1603580778/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309132942&sr=8-1

The 2nd edition has recently been released.  Good price, too  - I had to pay over $50 a few years  ago since it was out of print and hard to find.

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Wow, thanks for that,

Wow, thanks for that, Thurston! I have a .pdf of that book, which I got years ago from the Australian online national library for a donation, but I had no idea a new print edition is out.

And Lainey -- you're welcome -- glad if it helps!

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