Louisa adopts Buckwheat
Why did you want to adopt Buckwheat?
I first got interested in buckwheat when I discovered it is NOT WHEAT! An agricultural student I knew was growing it in his little garden plot, and he told me all about its tetragonal seeds. When I next saw buckwheat groats in a shop, I bought them, brought them home and roasted them, and they were delicious.
So that's how it got onto my radar. Later on, during my own studies in agriculture, I found out that buckwheat has a few very nifty tricks up its sleeve which are helpful to farmers:
- Its roots are able to unlock soil phosphate, which it makes available to other plants either as a companion crop or when cut and mulched.
- It is really excellent at suppressing weeds and can help farmers achieve a great seed bed as part of a herbicide-free rotation.
- It is pretty and beautiful with fragrant flowers which bees and other pollinators adore. And so do I. And so would you if you saw them I expect.
What do you want to know more about?
The medicinal applications. I'm sure there's lots going on here. We're growing buckwheat this year, on the farm where I work, so it will be nice to investigate it and see what it looks like in its various developmental phases.