Buckwheat smother crop

Buckwheat in full bloom this morning.

While our 185 baby hop plants are busy growing in our nursery this year, our half-acre permanent yard is undergoing soil preparations. Its first treatment? Buckwheat.  

Buckwheat is known as a "smother crop" because it suppresses weeds. That's why we put it in. We need to get the goldenrod and grasses under control before the hops go in. 

You mow the buckwheat down after it flowers but before it has a chance to go to seed. Today was our day to mow some buckwheat!

Pretty flowers. Too bad we're about to mow them all down!


And gone!