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Field Guide to Wheat

Please check out the brief video above, to learn what this premium gardening guide is all about—the video will give you a glimpse into all the content in this gardening guide, including history and background, planting tips, specific plant profiles, recipes, nutrition and health information, and resources to help you be the best food gardener you can be.

Welcome to the world of wheat, the most popular crop in the world! The grain that’s loved the world over is one of the oldest crops grown. Wheat can be found in home gardens, raised beds, and containers. If you’d like to join…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
Artists from Van Gogh to Katharine Lee Bates to Sting have been moved to create works of art that capture the beauty of shimmering wheat fields. And then there’s the Bible, full of parables and similes that compare life to growing and harvesting wheat. So just imagine…  READ MORE right arrow
Wheat in the field


Winter wheat with ice crystals in the early morning
There are two main types of wheat: spring wheat and winter wheat. As their names suggest, spring wheat is planted in spring for late-summer or fall harvest. Winter wheat is sown in the fall, lives through the winter, and then is harvested in the summer.  READ MORE right arrow
Sowing wheat seeds
Wheat is typically sown directly into the garden in the spring or fall, depending on the type of wheat you’re planting. Spring wheat varieties are planted as soon as the ground is workable; the wheat will be ready to harvest in the summer.   READ MORE right arrow
Wheat growing in a container
Wheat grows well in containers—but you’d need a lot of containers to yield a decent crop. Nevertheless, if you’d like to enjoy the beauty of this plant, you can grow spring wheat as an ornamental on your patio or inside in front of a sunny window.   READ MORE right arrow

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