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."
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.
Made my way to single digit sizing one veggie at a time. :)
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! Ellen
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