How to Grow Wheat Organically


Hi, I’m Tricia, a California organic gardener. Starting my day with homemade bread from homegrown grains with homemade preserves gives me the
energy I need to garden all day long! Growing your own grains is not as hard
as you may think, I’ll show you how! Most people associate growing grains with big huge farms like you see in the Midwest and tall silos, but actually you can
grow grains right in your own backyard! If you’re gonna grow grains you have to be
committed. You can start small. I’m just going to use a ten by ten plot, but you’ll have to be available for the harvesting, the winnowing, the hulling and the threshing of your crop. Do yourself a favor and get this book
“Homegrown Whole Grains” by Sara Pitzer, it’ll tell you everything you need to
know to successfully grow grains. Some varieties of barley and oats have hulls that are hard to remove. To make your harvest easier, choose loose-hulled or hulless varieties like the ones that are available at Peaceful Valley. You want to start with the soil test. You want a balanced fertility in your soil, unless you’re growing corn, and then you want some high nitrogen. Dig in necessary amendments while loosening the soil using a rototiller or a broadfork. Just rake the soil smooth and then you’re ready to plant. For fall planted grains like barley, oats, and wheat, you want to plant about 8-12 weeks before the first frost. For some grains, like wheat, you can plant in a big block, other grains you might want to plant in a row. For block planting I just hand broadcast or use a rotary spreader to get even coverage over the whole 10×10 area I’ve prepared. You just want to rake the seed in – it’s really important for seed-to-soil contact that you rake it in about a half an inch to an inch deep. Now you want to stamp down on the soil with either a lawn roller or a board. Be sure and water your grains about one
inch every week, that’s about one to two hours of
overhead watering per week, until the rains come. There is a word of warning,
however, about growing your own grains. Ergot is a fungus of cereals that is
toxic to humans and animals. If you see dark purple black things,
about the size of a grain, do not need eat the grain and do not allow
any livestock to eat it either. You can turn your home grown grains into flour by using this grain mill. A 10×10 plot will yield about up to ninety cups of flour, which is as much as you’d need for half a year’s worth of bread. So grow your grains, and Grow Organic for Life!

52 thoughts on “How to Grow Wheat Organically

  1. about the ergot, this is the first video i watch with persons warning us about it, i've one question, what if one of my plants is infected, will it spread all over the otherS?

  2. @Mydtys Ergot does not spread from plant to plant directly. It is actually a type of fungus so it falls to the ground, remains dormant, and then in spring makes little mushrooms that release the spores and infect the next crop of wheat or rye.

  3. Wheat grass is the same as wheat, it's just eaten young instead of raised to maturity. For wheat grass it is important to get food grade seed.

  4. ergot is bad stuff. Years ago I read that settlers in Massachusetts (Pilgrims, etc.) may have hallucinated on ergot. Not sure if that was ever proven. But it explained (in theory) why the witch hunts were so extreme. I think they were just nuts in the first place, but my theory isn't sound either 🙂 Nice video! TY!

  5. Awe, I wish this video were longer and had more info. If anything because I really enjoyed how you were explaining things, which I cannot find on any other video thus far. Will check out the book though, thank you! 🙂

  6. Thanks! I'm glad it was helpful, if you want some more wheat information check out our video on harvesting wheat, it has info on harvesting, winnowing, and threshing.

  7. We carry a selection of wheat seed both organic and conventional seed. I've added links to the seed page. Good luck with growing wheat!

  8. There have always been farmers who have continued to grow non-GMO varieties and we source our seed from them. In fact, seeds MUST be non-GMO to be labeled as organic.

  9. Question: Do you have to soak the wheat berries in bleach before you plant them? There's lots of talk of bleaching berries but I'm not sure if that's only for people who plan to eat the sprouts or for everyone.?

  10. How do you separate the ergot from the grain? I tried to avoid harvesting the stalks that had it but I may have some I didn't notice.

  11. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1101864833192852/

    join my organic and non gmo farming Facebook group to share and obtain knowledge.

  12. This tells me nothing about growing wheat, except that at 00:48 you tell me to buy someone else's book to figure it out. …….. um…. ok. ……

  13. Such a shame people now days dont do this more often, you would think with all the modern technologies out there more people would adapt them to feeding themselves. But then again big agriculture does not want this to happen, we so need to get back to local foods.

  14. I gonna need a new heated greenhouse for this. I live in Alaska so im am gonna need a new 60×60 heated glass greenhouse to go with my 60×60 sweet corn plot,my 60×60 sweet peas plot,my 60×60 bell pepper plot,and my 60×60 tomatoes.

  15. is this in creative mode or survival? nice Minecraft skin bro looks realistic LOL (if you don't get the joke than just ignore this comment)

  16. I had a dream that an alien was teaching me how to grow wheat and it said to me that the world will soon go hungry and I am taking that very serious for some reason

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