2013 Final tally

02 Aug


Maris Otter

Maris Otter

Overall this years yield was pretty pathetic, especially given how great everything was doing at the beginning. The mice and birds took at least 50% of the Conlon so I only ended up with 10 lbs. 7.5 oz of this variety. As soon as the seed heads came close to the ground they would take them. Also when I tied them together in an attempt to stop them from falling over I gave the birds a nice place to perch while they stole more grain. There is some good news though, I had great success with the Maris Otter, in fact that small little packet of 130 seeds yielded 1 lb 4 oz of grain, enough to plant all 6 beds next year. The Robust also did really well and yielded 4 lb 12 oz from the one 4×10 ft bed. Even though there were a lot of stalks that fell over the mice and birds didn’t touch any of it. I can only guess as to why they left it alone. I think since it is a six row variety the long hairs at the ends of the grain discouraged the mice. In  2 row barley these hairs and grain only come out the sides of the seed head but in a six row  the grains and their hairs surround the seed head and they are kind of prickly so perhaps this gave the Robust some added protection. The total yield for all of the varieties was 16 lbs 7.5 oz. from 240 sq. ft. of garden. If the Conlon had not fallen over I probably would have at least 10 more pounds. Oh well, there’s always next year.

The Golden Promise didn’t do so well in the pot. The stalks were very thin and weak and the seed heads just didn’t develop. You can see in the picture the grains are half the size of the Conlon barley. I didn’t even bother threshing these, there were just too few and too small.

Small underdeveloped seed head

Small underdeveloped seed head

The G.P. is on the left, Conlon on the right

The G.P. is on the left, Conlon on the right


Posted by on August 2, 2013 in Garden videos


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4 responses to “2013 Final tally

  1. Rick Suk

    August 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’ve been looking for golden promise seed. If you have a few grams that you haven’t thrown out. I’ll give you a buck for ’em.

    • jfdyment

      August 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Sorry Rick, I chucked them, they were lousy seeds anyway, but you can get a small packet for free from the US Department of Agriculture for research purposes. Cheers Francois

  2. Sadeik

    September 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Every thought that just may be the mice are telling you which variety is nicer to eat first ! and just maybe the beer might taste better, just a thought as the little blighters seem to prefer my Chavalier rather than the Nottingham long eared

    • jfdyment

      September 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

      That’s funny, I think you might be on to something there. Is Nottingham an old variety?


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