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Discussion in 'Bees' started by bamabww, Jul 20, 2013.
Here's a few pictures of my bees working the buckwheat.
Nice pictures Wayne, i put a field (one acre) of buckwheat out 2 weeks ago, so they will have something to work during the dearth we usually have this time of year. They work it heavy in the mourning here, but after 11:00am you won't find a bee on it. I like the taste of buckwheat honey, but know some beekeepers who don't? We need a good rain, things are turning brown kind of like last year. The buckwheat is a tough plant and can take hot dry weather, but like every living thing it needs water to survive. Jack
Thanks Jack. I owe my buckwheat knowledge to you. I asked about it when i first joined this forum and you were the first one to advise me on the subject and make some recommendations. I owe you because it has worked out well for me during the heat of mid July thru August. Thanks again for helping a young beekeep.
I noticed that about mine as well, it's like the bell for quitting time goes off at 11 a.m. I like the taste of buckwheat honey especially on pancakes. Several of my customers actually ask "when's the buckwheat honey going to be ready?"
So far we've had rain along even with the above 94 degree temps. I think we're in a 9 day stretch thru today when the temps have gone above 94 degrees and the next 7 day forecast is more of the same. Heat with some water (and the thunderstorms that produces) is much more bearable than heat without water.
Yea nice pictures Wayne. Looked at the photos and got an idea for a poster for the fair honey display. Can I use pictures 6 and 7? I don't know if you downsize the photos befor posting but if you have larger files could you send me them.
Of course, use any of them that will work for you. I did not downsize them before posting but the forum software may have done it automatically. If so I'll be glad to send the full size to you.
Thanks for asking and good luck with the poster.
:coolphotos: So now, after all these years of hearing about buckwheat, I have finally seen it.
Thanks for the pics Wayne.
Nice bunch of pictures Wayne...thanks for sharing them. Tom
A question Wayne.
Looking at the great pics, the stems seem to be woody. Just what is buckwheat used for?
Mostly as a cover crop in the south. Some parts of the world combine it for a gluten free flour. It will establish itself very quickly and produce blooms in about 3 to 4 weeks and seeds in about 6 weeks. Once this crop of seeds mature, I'll mow it down and run a disk over it and it will come back up. With enough rain, I can get 3 blooming seasons before frost by planting it early to mid May.
My mother used buckwheat flour for pancakes with Sorghum syrup, and homemade sausage. My brothers and i thought we had died and went to heaven.:lol: My wife and i still have it in the winter, but the sausage is store bought.:roll: Wayne, in a normal year i can usually get 3 blooms out of it if i get it out in May, a few years back i got 4 blooms out of one planting.:thumbsup: Thanks for the compliment, and your welcome. Happy it turned out good for you. Jack
We used toasted buckwheat (kashe') in porridge and my pancake recipe I grind it along with equal parts cornmeal to make about a third of the flour volume. Gives a lot better texture than straight flour. Top with honey and yoghurt! We often use equal parts buckwheat and rice.
Animals eating a lot of buckwheat grain and eating the stem as hay can get photosensitive. I can't stand much heat but I think the cause is more old age than the buckwheat I eat.
It will raise crops where the season is too short for any of the common grains.
I have a small plot that I put in as cover to keep the weeds down since I did not plant the potato patch this year. The bees hardly touch it but they have all they want of birdsfoot trefoil, clover, vetch, milkweed etc., so I guess they dont even put it on the menu.