Re: mulch / grain seed saving
- Subject: Re: [cg] mulch / grain seed saving
- From: Don Lambert email@example.com
- Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 22:44:58 -0600
For small amounts of wheat and rye the mature (dry on the stalk) seed heads
can be pulled off by hand, or clipped with a hand clipper. A five gallon
bucket or two full of heads is about my limit before this turns into real
work. Gloves will help protect your hands.
Spread seed heads out on a canvas to dry well in the sun.
Next you thrash the seed out by using your feet (wear rubber soled tennis
shoes) or beating with a broom handle, or rubbing between gloved hands. For
the foot method, pile about a 2 quart portion in the middle of a tarp and
then use your feet to step, fold, role, and kneed the pile. It is easy and
very efficient with a little practice. For the beating method beat piles
of about 5 gal portions. You may be able to just pick up handfulls and rub
then between you hands. You do everything of course on top of a large sheet
of plastic, canvas or tarp, so it is easy to avoid spills.
The last step is winnowing. Pour portions very slowly between containers
letting the wind, or an electric fan (total hand method=have a friend wave
a large board or cookie sheet to create wind as you pour) blow away the chaff.
Dry real good one more time before storing in a sealed container. It is
best to add a little DE (diatomaceous earth), about 1 tsp. per gallon of
grain to take care of weevils and other insects that invariably lay their
eggs on the seed heads and hatch out during storage.
Gardeners in Community Development
Nicole Georges-Abeyie wrote:
Thanks, Paco John Verin and others, for your replies. How does a grower
with only hand tools reasonably-efficiently save seed from a cereal grain
>In simple terms, sow winter covers of wheat or rye now, leaving some
>it to reach maturity in the bed. Save the seed for fall replanting, and
>compost the stalks and roots.
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