Organic Buckwheat seeds - How to Grow Buckwheat greens
Buckwheat Greens are beautiful nutritious shoots, which are grown to about 3-4 inches height. They are then suitable for harvesting and adding to salads, sandwiches, stir-fries or juices.
Soak about 70g/100g of buckwheat grain in warm water (40ºC initially) for a minimum 8 hours, or leave overnight.
Drain off the water and rinse the seeds through with fresh water.
Daily, 2-3 times a day, fill the container with fresh water and drain off immediately.
After 2-3 days fill your seed tray half full of compost. Sprinkle the sprouted seed on top of the compost and spread evenly.
Water evenly, using a can with a rose.
Keep covered at room temperature for about 4 days, watering if necessary once a day, keeping the compost moist. It is important to keep the seeds moist during germination, but do not over water.
On approximately the fifth day, once the seeds have germinated, ensure the buckwheat tray is placed in a light place, the brighter the better and water daily.
You can slow or speed the growth of your tray by manipulating the temperature. Fresh air and sunshine is what it likes best, but in cold weather you will need to keep your wheatgrass indoors on or near a windowsill.
After approximately 8-12 days, the buckwheat will be 6-8 cm high, and will be at its optimum nutritional value, having transformed maximum light energy into chlorophyll, making it green. It is now ready to juice.
Harvest your valuable crop by grasping a small bundle of the greens blades firmly and cutting with a sharp knife or scissors above compost surface. Rinse well before use.
Once it is ready to use, keep it as cool as possible to maximise its life. If it is still growing too fast, or getting old, you can cut it and put it in your fridge for several days to keep fresh, but not for too long as it will need light to keep green. Rinse it immediately before use as usual.