Preparing the soil to grow grains
is just the same as for other garden crops.
Farmers often use winter wheat, rye, or triticale to "mop up" the nitrogen
that is still in the soil at the end of the growing season, so that it isn't lost to winter rains.
The nutrients that would otherwise run off are safe in the leaves of the plants, to be released in the compost pile after the grain is cut and threshed.
For spring and summer-planted grains, growing a legume cover crop over the winter like vetch, should get the soil ready. Extra-tall or leafy crops are the exception? Corn, amaranth, and quinoa will want more nutrients, like a nice topdressing of compost, before planting.
These are sets of several seed packets (not mixes) for specific situations, inside a big decorative envelope.
Each collection is a theme garden in itself, chosen so that you don’t have to search through the whole catalog.
These collections, and in particular the book-and-seed sets, make an ideal introduction to new kinds of gardening, home/school project, or gift.
Occasionally, we need to substitute for a seed that’s become unavailable, but we will choose another that is of equal value, usefulness, and interest.