Buckwheat cover crop
experiment is not
what I would call a success. The best thing
I can say is that our bees did really enjoy the flowers. And the
plants do bloom, as promised, a scant month after planting. But
all of the biomass that was supposed to be ready when the
plants bloomed? Nope, not so much.
Buckwheat doesn't like
heavy clay soil, which is the precise
kind of soil I was asking it to rejuvenate, so I shouldn't blame the
failure entirely on the crop. And, to be fair, a deer came
through for a midnight snack a few weeks ago and clipped the tops off
plants in a couple of beds. Those buckwheat plants never
recovered, and weeds quickly sprouted up to fill in the bare soil.
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I would have expected a bit more growth out of the cover crop.
When I mowed down the buckwheat, it seemed like the
succulent stems disintegrated into a mere handful of plant
matter --- and that was in the beds that escaped deer damage. I
may give buckwheat another shot in the loam of the upper garden, but
our troublesome back garden is going to need another cure. Next
try --- hullless