Alan Chadwick and Joseline Stauffacher in Santa Cruz

Alan Chadwick a Gardener of Souls

Buckwheat: a Summer Cover Crop


Most gardeners are familiar with the value of growing winter cover crops to enrich and improve the soil, but not everyone knows that there are summer cover crops that can continue that process. Buckwheat was a plant that Alan Chadwick spoke highly of, praising its ability to add important minerals and humus to the garden beds. In this segment we demonstrate the use of buckwheat as a summer cover crop grown according to the Biodynamic French Intensive Method as developed by Alan Chadwick. (3:13)

See below for more photographs of the buckwheat crop.




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the marginalis butterfly on a buckwheat flower

A marginalis butterfly on buckwheat flowers. Pieris marginalis, San Francisco Bay Area Margined White. Photo by M.Crawford, all others on this page by G. Haynes, 2015.




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