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2/21/11 2:28 P

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I'm interested to see how it turns out. I think it will be fun to look out the back window and see 'amber waves of grain' grwoing back there! ha ha ha

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2/13/11 11:07 A

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I don't have any experience growing grains- just a bit of book knowing.

Barley makes a sweeter tasting bread (so do oats) & it should be allowed to get completely ripe & dry b4 harvesting, but oats shouldn't. Barley will grow on worse soil than wheat & stand up to the cold wet.

Oats grow best in damp wet 'acid' land, i.e. Scotland, but hard wheat loves hot & dry, & soft wheat prefers temperate climates, though both grow best on heavy loam or clay. Rye loves dry cold sand.

There's an old saying, "sow wheat in mud & barley in dust."


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2/7/11 10:51 A

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It sounds like fun -- I am such a failed gardener that I wouldn't attempt such a thing but love the idea.

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2/7/11 10:49 A

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So psyched. I got my 2 row hull-less barley seed on Saturday. Now I just need spring!

I also purchased a book and home growing grains... so I think I'm set to give this a try. I'll let you know this summer how it turns out. Should eb fun to process and just see how it all works. If that goes well, I may try some other grains next year.

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2/2/11 4:45 P

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I think I'll be okay with Barley - from what I was reading it will keep for years in a cool (not damp) basement in a burlap bag (so it can breathe).

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2/2/11 12:03 P

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You may want to make sure they keep well -- or that you have the freezer space. Whole grains go rancid, I think...

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2/2/11 10:12 A

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Interesting idea. I have never done it, but oats come up in our garden sometimes. I have an old Kenwood mixer that has a grain hopper for making flour, but don't think I have ever used it yet.
I think barley would be very good to grow. Good luck!
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2/1/11 3:48 P

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Does anyone grow their own grains?

I was thinking of trying some barley this year... may try some other items next year if this first test goes well. I have a starter portion of some hierloom grain seed coming

I think it would be kind of neat to have it growing in the yard, interesting to learn the process of prepping grains for use, and they keep for a long time.

thoughts?



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