Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Small Scale Grain Raising

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at growing grain on a small scale, Small Scale Grain Raising  is the book for you.
The author, Gene Logsdon, has written about gardening for decades; in fact, I remember reading some of his work back in the 1970s and 1980s in Organic Gardening. In this book, he covers the major grains including barley, corn, oats, rice, rye, and wheat, as well as some of the lesser-known grains, such as buckwheat, millet, quinoa, sorghum, triticale, and more. He even has sections on growing beans and legumes. The book also contains over 40 recipes to show you how to prepare some of the grains.

Logsdon goes into detail about space requirements for each grain, when and how to plant, how to harvest, and the pros and cons of each type of grain (i.e., which type of corn should you grow? Flint, dent, sweet, pop, or ornamental?). He gives explanations of diseases and problems you might encounter growing various grains along with organic treatment methods.

I’ll be referring to this book often as I try my test plots of barley and wheat this summer.

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