Our little growing wheat experiment was fun. Last Fall, the guys planted wheat in our newly reshaped rocky field patch. By springtime, we had bright green wheat grass everywhere! It was a beautiful ground cover when everything else was still winterized.
It rapidly grew and we diligently watched over it as to not trample it or let the cows or sheep get in it. They did a time or two and one of the kids would chase them out. But as with anything around here on the farm, the cows and sheep usually do escape at least once and eat your newly planted or knock over your newly built something or other.
The wheat grew and grew and finally one early July day, we started collecting the wheat berries. It proved to be tedious job and we weren’t all that efficient being that we are not set up to harvest wheat. We thought of some ingenious ways to gather the wheat berries we grew.
In the end, we have wheat berries ready to plant for next year. And we even made a batch of pancakes with our very own homegrown flour….after we sifted out all the wheat plant debri and rocks…which is harder than we thought!
It was a fun experiment and we are very likely to do it again this coming year. We highly recommend the How Stuff Works – Wheat documentary on Netflix. We learned a lot from that as well.