I last posted a photo of the buckwheat on June 2nd not long after it sprouted. It is now flowering and has grown to the height of three to four feet. Bees love buckwheat and soon, as pollen grows abundant, the field will buzz. I will allow it to bloom for an additional week, for the sake of the bees, prior to mowing it for the sake of the soil. If buckwheat is left to its own desires it will cast a heap of seed into the field and leave us with buckwheat sprouts for years to come. This may sound nice but would just create a weed to deal with in the next vegetable crop. After the first mowing of the buckwheat it will grow again creating additional green manure to put into the soil. Following the second growth we will mow it and till it into the soil. In August after a brief fallow period, we will sow a cover crop of oats and peas. If given the right conditions they will thrive and create a mountain of organic matter for next spring’s vegetables to nestle into.