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Old 05-09-2013, 07:08 PM   #211
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I just posted a request for info before I found this. I need some time to read through but hoping for updates on harvesting and processing.

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Old 05-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #212
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Well I planted my Hana and Golden Promise barley over the weekend. We had 3 days of solid rain so they should be off to a good start.

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Old 05-23-2013, 11:54 AM   #213
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Well I planted my Hana and Golden Promise barley over the weekend. We had 3 days of solid rain so they should be off to a good start.
Wow! What a difference between Canada and the middle Eastern Seaboard: my Hana is almost done putting out its seed-heads. I was able to sow it two months ago, on March 24th; it might have germinated a little better had I put if off a week or two--or maybe not, I really don't know.

My Maris Otter and Halcyon are fully headed out, and they're a somewhat lighter shade of green than they had been. I'm tentatively looking at mid- to late-June to harvest them. The Bere is showing signs of developing seed-heads (the upper parts of the tillers are swelling); I thought I saw the tips of some awns on Tuesday...

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Old 05-30-2013, 12:40 AM   #214
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My barley and wheat are up and poking through the thin layer of dried grass clippings I laid down as mulch.

We have lift off!

Here is a picture of the garden in general FWIW

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Old 06-11-2013, 06:27 PM   #215
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I saw this video on line.


Roughly 10 mins in, Joseph shows his Russian Rye crop and talks about growing techniques.

Notice how the rye is there for 2 years. The first year they mow it and the second year they harvest. It cuts down on weeds and increases productivity.

Note too that this farm does not use any pesticides, herbicide or synthetic fertiliser.

I wonder if this would work with barley...
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:19 PM   #216
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Roughly 10 mins in, Joseph shows his Russian Rye crop and talks about growing techniques.

I wonder if this would work with barley...

Seems like a little slice of heaven there!

So the technique in questions seems to be: plant very late, in mid-summer, allow that summer's growth to be mowed, by animal or by machine, then the grains have a head-start into the next growing season.

I guess it's not all that different from growing a winter crop, except that you plant even earlier and sacrifice some of that growth.

I think the technique would work with any winter barley. The principle is that a grass's meristem is hidden below ground before jointing occurs. (Jointing is after tillering but before head emergence.)

Even if leaves (and perhaps even some joints) are removed, yet at least some meristem remains below ground, the plant should survive. This is the same reason you're able to mow the lawn without killing the grass.

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Old 06-28-2013, 05:15 PM   #217
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I can see that being a possibility--my winter varieties were "mowed" by deer, back in the fall; it didn't seem to hurt them at all...

In other news, I've harvested my grains. Starting with 5g each of Maris Otter, Halcyon, Bere, and a mystery barley*, I ended up with about 250g each of Maris Otter and Halcyon, 25g of Bere and the other. Just waiting for Autumn to roll around, so I can re-seed the M.O. and Halcyon...

*They were supposed to send me Hana, a 2-row spring variety. What grew was a 6-row "hooded" barley ("hoods" instead of awns); these tend to be feed-quality barleys. I emailed the NPGS about it, they were apologetic, and are looking into it. In the meantime, I've ordered (and received) a different Hana variety ("Hana II"); again, a spring variety, so I won't know what's going on with it until next year.

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Arghhh, how annoying is that!

I have 2 varieties of barley, but by far my main interest lies in the Hana due to it's heritage.

At the moment, there is no sign yet of seed heads. I expect them in about 2 more weeks, and both varieties seem happy.

My Einkorn is not doing so well though. It got off to a great start but I think the soil is too wet where it's growing. Hopefully I'll recover some to plant next season. Apparently Einkorn is such a pioneer plant that you have to plant in dry, crappy soil.

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I got quite a surprise when I went to check on the garden today. It's been about a week since I checked and my Pacific bluestem wheat has wheat!

I must say I'm a bit suspicious though. It's very short for a heritage wheat...

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That was something I also saw with my barley--even the M.O. only got up to about 2ft tall, maybe a little more. Lots of commercial wheat planted hereabouts, tho, and it appears to be largely the same-ish height as my stuff, so I'm not worried.

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