Energizing and nutritious, buckwheat is available throughout the year and can be served as an alternative to rice or made into porridge.One of Mrs. I's quips - we had so much Buckwheat that I could start raising bees, but "we cannot see the roses anymore."
While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. Buckwheat flowers are very fragrant and are attractive to bees that use them to produce a special, strongly flavored, dark honey.
I will photograph the amber waves of Buckwheat and use a hedge clipper to mow them down, leaving the plants as mulch. A bigger problem is the Japanese beetle invasion, which I am treating with Milky Spore Disease powder. Milky Spore is an organism in the soil that kills the grubs of the beetles. They develop in the soil: we had a very mild winter. Once a grub is infected, it dies and spreads the infection to other white grubs.
Japanese beetles have a great fondness for rose petals - I found six blokes on one bloom, so I provided a great place for their food. Roses seem to be their primary target, but the pirates devour other plants as well. The only other controls are:
- Picking the adults off and destroying them.
- Letting Grackles and Starlings peck them out of the soil.