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Growing your own
« on: March 01, 2014, 01:31:56 PM »
My barley is starting to head! How exciting!
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2014, 02:37:33 PM »
Very cool !
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 02:38:41 PM »
Very cool. Are you going to kiln it too? How big is your farm?

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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2014, 03:23:52 PM »
Yeah, I'm gonna malt it and play around with kilning in the oven.

My 'farm' (thanks for that by the way, makes me feel far more industrious that I actually am) is about 800 sqft with about 200 to barley right now and three chickens, a dog, and a cat. The dog and cat don't really do much for the farm except maybe chase rats away.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2014, 09:16:11 PM »
How much barley do you expect to get out of that?
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2014, 09:55:16 PM »
How much barley do you expect to get out of that?

I count about 20 kernels :)
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2014, 10:10:15 PM »
How much barley do you expect to get out of that?

I count about 20 kernels :)
if I'm lucky!


I'm hoping for around 10 lb
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2014, 10:26:57 PM »
Nice. Wish I could try what you make of it.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2014, 07:20:34 AM »
Dude - posting pics of growing barley in March is a low blow to us Minnesotans.  We're still buried under 4 ft of snow and hunkering down with -50 windchills!  Grrrr...

Looks nice though.  Where did you get your seed?  I'm assuming you went organic?  I'd like to grow a little test plot, once I'm able to expand my garden space.  I wonder if a person could sow barley under hops plants?  My garden space is all booked for vegetables, but I have about 120 square feet of space (3 x 40 feet) in my hops bed.  I'd hate to weaken the hops by putting in too much competition though.  Hmmm... anybody tried this?  Thoughts?

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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2014, 09:06:04 AM »
Dude - posting pics of growing barley in March is a low blow to us Minnesotans.  We're still buried under 4 ft of snow and hunkering down with -50 windchills!  Grrrr...

Looks nice though.  Where did you get your seed?  I'm assuming you went organic?  I'd like to grow a little test plot, once I'm able to expand my garden space.  I wonder if a person could sow barley under hops plants?  My garden space is all booked for vegetables, but I have about 120 square feet of space (3 x 40 feet) in my hops bed.  I'd hate to weaken the hops by putting in too much competition though.  Hmmm... anybody tried this?  Thoughts?

yeah, apologies to my cold weather friends;D

Got the seed from johnny's. 5 lb was  cheap and it only took ~1 to sow the site so I've been practicing malting with the rest. Organic so not sprayed or treated.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2014, 01:43:52 PM »
Looks great man!  I'm about to order a few hop rhizomes and see how they fare in the GA humidity, but I'm not sure I could produce enough barley to be worthwhile.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2014, 01:50:57 PM »
Is that the Conlon?

My winter barley is lodging quite a bit.  I think I should have irrigated a bit more.  I planted in Nov. and let it go.  When the rain came in Feb it was too tall, and with the added water fell over.  I think I'll stick to spring planting (& just veggies in the winter).

The heads that I do have are not nearly as plump as yours.  Looks like you'll be able to plant again as soon as you harvest.

Look forward to hearing about the harvest, threshing, malting!
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2014, 03:30:51 PM »
The only thing left when I got around to ordering was robust. It's six row but it is a malting variety.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2014, 01:07:10 PM »
The only thing left when I got around to ordering was robust. It's six row but it is a malting variety.

I'm getting 5# of the same to plant if spring ever comes. How much irrigation did it take? My options of where to plant it widen if I don't need to reach it with a hose. I'm thinking of doing some near enough to water with the hose and, if possible, plant some before a good rain in an area that is a couple hundred yards from a hose.
I hope you keep us posted on how much time the threshing and winnowing takes.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2014, 02:10:38 PM »
The only thing left when I got around to ordering was robust. It's six row but it is a malting variety.

I'm getting 5# of the same to plant if spring ever comes. How much irrigation did it take? My options of where to plant it widen if I don't need to reach it with a hose. I'm thinking of doing some near enough to water with the hose and, if possible, plant some before a good rain in an area that is a couple hundred yards from a hose.
I hope you keep us posted on how much time the threshing and winnowing takes.

I think we watered twice before winter. since then none. we will see what happens as the 'wet season' here ends.

I will say that I have now pulled 5 or 6 plants with loose barley smut infections. I don't know if it's from the seed or someone else's barley in the area but be aware. I guess it's the price of organic agriculture.
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