Growing Gluten-Free Fonio At Home
Looking for a new gluten-free grain? Try growing the ancient cereal crop called Fonio for a healthy change.
Sorghum doesn't enjoy as much popularity today as it did in the 1800s. But it is making a comeback.
It looks like a corn seedling, but it's not. Birds flock to it, but farmers may not. Is wild millet a weed or a beneficial plant? Click here to find out.
Broomcorn produces big, fluffy seed heads that resemble the end of a broom. If you’re feeling crafty and would like to know more about using broomcorn as well as tips on harvesting the plant, click this article to learn more.
Do you wonder where those broom straws originate, the ones that are bound tightly into the broom you may still use for sweeping porches and hardwood floors inside? These fibers come from a plant called broomcorn, a variety of sorghum. Learn more here.
Growing your own grain in the garden is a practice that’s gaining in popularity, and while it’s a little intensive, it can also be very rewarding. Click here to learn the meanings of chaff and winnowing, and what they have to do with harvesting grain and other crops.
Harvesting small grains as an individual can be tricky, without big threshing machines, but our ancestors did it and so can we. Knowing when to harvest grain is the first step, but you also need to know how to thresh, winnow and store it for best results. This article can help.
Less vulnerable to warm season pests, issues do arise during the cool season when growing grains. One of the most prominent issues is cereal cyst nematodes. If you’re curious and asking, “what are cereal cyst nematodes,” click here for an explanation.
More gardeners are beginning to shift their attention to multi-purpose crops like small grains, which serve multiple functions in commercial applications, homesteads, and family farms. Growing small grains is a rewarding way to maximize space and yields. Learn more here.
Have you heard of the phrase ‘separating the wheat from the chaff’? It’s likely that you didn’t give too much thought to the saying, but it refers to separating seeds from chaff. What is chaff and why is seed and chaff separation important? Find out in this article.
Growing grains and hay can be an interesting way to make a living or enhance your garden experience, but with great grains come great responsibilities. Ergot fungus is a serious pathogen that can infect your rye, wheat and other grasses and grains - learn more here.