Growing Your Own Wheat (part 1)
Well, I’ve finally done it. I’ve planted wheat in my own yard. I bought the seeds last year and never got around to it.
I get looks of surprise when I say I’m planting wheat. This is New England; our compact, rocky soil isn’t suited to a crop that demands, well, the kind of soil you find in the midwest. Plus, I have a tiny garden.
Fortunately I discovered a supply of organic hard red winter wheat from Dirtworks, which is grown in Vermont. One pound cost me about $5 (and just as much to ship it).
I chose a 10’x10′ corner of my garden for this experiment. (I don’t expect a high yield.)
After clearing the whole section of weeds, summer plantings, and debris, I raked it smooth and hand-broadcast approximately 4 oz. of seed. I gently raked it into the soil and watered well.
This was on September 18. The wheat has yet to sprout, though I’m vigilant about watering. Fortunately the weather these past days has been warm and sunny, and I’m hoping to see green shoots soon.
I’m excited! Wheat is one of several things I have planned for my winter garden (others include radishes, carrots, greens, and a cover crop of hairy vetch), and I can’t wait to bake a loaf of bread and say I MADE that loaf. From seed to plate.
More updates to come as the wheat sprouts and gets established for the winter.
Have you ever grown your own wheat?
ETA: The wheat is up! After less than a week, there are small green shoots.