Saturday, July 30, 2016

new wheat

both the pacific blue stem wheat ( first two photos ) and the rarer baart wheat ( last two ), which arrived from south africa via australia in the 19th century and is an heirloom variety, have begun to produce seed ears...the pacific blue stem may find its way into the grain ground for flour, however my thoughts are to keep the baart seed to sow a larger crop ( i received only 25 seeds when i purchased it because it is uncommon ) next spring and try to preserve it in , at least, this corner of the state...which is actually on the southern end of the range for spring wheat...with hardiness zones creeping northward we may soon be out of the spring wheat range altogether...remains to be seen.

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