I am trying to get a handle on putting some buckwheat in what is now open field. For starters, I read that Buckwheat will grow in just about any soil. Mt soil is acid - wild blueberries thrive not far from where I want to plant. An other characteristic of the soil is a shallow pad (4") over clay.
How should the soil be prepared? I do not have a tractor, and while spending $25,000 for one just to seed some Buckwheat is not going to happen - I am not opposed to one day acquiring one - just not soon. I do have an John Deere Gator UTV - I could find a harrow to pull behind that if harrowing is all I need to do for soil prep.
Lastly, what is the difference between common Buckwheat and Japanese Buckwheat?
My goal in planting is to provide bee forage during our normal late July/early August dearth. That tends to be a hot (90s) time around here.