Botanical Interests Seeds, Cover Crop, Common Buckwheat

Fagopyrum esculentum. USDA organic. Full sun. 30-40 days. Sow in spring or summer. Heirloom: In just a few weeks, grow your own green manure for healthier soil that is more productive. Great for controlling annual and perennial weeds. So easy to grow, and so good for the soil! Buckwheat not only improves your garden's soil, this fast-growing plant is great as a smother crop to inhibit growth of common garden weeds, such as lambsquarter, pigweed, thistle, purslane, and even tough quackgrass. Buckwheat grows in soils with poor fertility and requires little water after germination; avoid wet soil and shady sites. Seeds sprout within days of sowing; plants grow quickly and are ready to till into the garden a month later. Unlike some other cover crops, the succulent buckwheat plants and fibrous roots are easy to mix into the soil with a shovel or rototiller. You can also leave cut plants on the soil surface as mulch. The white flowers attract many beneficial insects to the garden, especially bees that feed on nectar to make delicious honey. A wonderful food source for honeybees. Flowers can also be cut and added to a fresh bouquet. Likes warm temperatures; sow in spring and summer except in mild climates. This packet sows approximately 125 square feet. We are dedicated to inspiring & educating the gardener in you. That's why we've put even more helpful information inside. Illustrated by Donna Clement. More info inside. No GMOs. All our seeds are untreated. Certified organic by the Colorado Dept of Agriculture.