i paid 45 dollars for 50 lbs. had to special order it. next year i'll by 100 more lbs and finish that pasture.
here is how it worked at my place. i planted in an the old cow pasture where i keep my hives. nothing had been done to this pasture in 5 years except mowing. i did a superficial rototilling. just enough to break up the surface. i scatter planted just before a rain storm, but the next week the temps went to 100 and the week after down to 60. there was some rain between planting and very early june, then none. in spite of minimal rain after germination and early growth, the bloom was prolific. we have had only a couple of days of minimal rain since the 9th of june. even so, and with no irrigation, the buckwheat is still blooming and the bees are still on it. the main bloom is done, but there is a chance of more growth if the rain comes and the frost hold off until the end of september.
we had snow and freezing temps into april and early may. i hope that a normal spring next year will allow for earlier planting next year, and a better crop. my plan is to break the ground up a little again, finish planting the pasture, and over seed the area already planted if there is extra seed. otherwise, i'll just leave it and see what comes back up.
pretty impressive crop. minimal work to plant. no maintenance.