(On a Small Scale)
Grain is practically the easiest thing you can grow: "if you can grow grass, you can grow grain," says Gene Logsdon. The most difficult part is usually the threshing (the separation of the edible grain seed from the rest of the plant), since small-scale growers don't produce enough to justify investing in a commercial threshing machine.
We will continue to revise and add to this page as our own knowledge increases: we hope to provide a central resource for anyone interested in backyard grain growing. If you have a question that is not answered on this website, please post it below and we will try to find the information.
- What kind of grains should/can I grow?
- What's the oldest kind of grain still available?
- I'm gluten intolerant: what kinds of grains are best for me?
- What does it mean when a grain is an "open pollinated" variety?
- What's the difference between spring wheat and winter wheat?
- Is it better to plant in the fall or in the spring?
- Do I need to do anything special to prepare the soil for planting grains?
- Do I need to practice crop rotation with grains?
- When should I plant grain?
- How do I plant grain?
- What can I plant with my grains (i.e. companion planting)?
- How much should I water my grain?
- Will I need to do a lot of weeding in my grain patch?
- Can I eat my grain plants?
- When do I harvest my grain?
- How do I harvest my grain?
- How much can I expect to harvest from my patch?
- How do I thresh grain on a small scale?
- How do I get the saponin coating off my quinoa seeds?
- How can I mill grain into flour?
- How do I roll oats and other grains?