Summer grain crops, including buckwheat, corn, pearl millet, hulless oats and sunflowers can be grown in most regions and yield nutritious whole grains for your kitchen and your coop. This guide includes descriptions of different summer grains, how to grow them, and simple ways to harvest and store these warm-season, homegrown grains.
Millet and sunflowers are two nourishing summer grain crops — in addition to buckwheat, grain corn and pearl millet — which can be grown as satisfying staples for people and poultry alike.
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You will need a grain mill to grind corn into richly flavored grits or flour. Cornbread made with freshly ground cornmeal is a soul-satisfying partner for chili, soup and more.