Best thing since sliced bread
We had a very dry hot June and nothing would grow in my garden but weeds. I tried corn,root veggies, greens-nothing germinated so decided to give the soil a rest and ordered clover and buckwheat and boy, it came up in 4 days,no weeds. I plan to turn it over soon and hopefully next Spring the soil will be rested and fertile. Sometimes you have to give up and try again.
After our unusually long winter, I spread Buckwheat on a 4' x 25' bed to discourage weeds. The seeds germinated within a few days, then grew to an attractive bed of small ivory flowers with red centers and stems. I mowed the pretty plants before they set seed leaving the plant matter on the surface, ready for pepper plants after the last spring frost.
I use buckwheat for soil improvement and as a cover crop. I also gather the seeds for reuse. My experience is complete satisfaction for these purposes. Stephen
The area I seeded the buckwheat had garlic in it last year which led to poor seed emergence this year. After soybeans failed to germinate, or were just snipped off by slugs, I planted buckwheat (approx. June 15th). It germinated in a thick mat within 6 days and the slugs haven't been able to put a dent in it. I have high hopes for success when I transplant cabbage out into that row in September!