Growing grains

Blogger Mustard Plaster has decided to delve into the magic of growing cereal grains with hull-less oats and hull-less barley. She complains that there isn’t much advice on gardening books, and she’s right. As one who has been there and done that, I can recommend only one book: “Small-Scale Grain Raising” by Gene Logsdon. And to tell the truth, even that is not much use for the gardener, although it is a fun read. Freshly ground, home grown cereals; that would take a lot of beating at breakfast time.

Orange bananas

Over at Bioversity International’s news pages there’s an interview with West African scientists who are trying to develop orange-fleshed bananas to tackle vitamin A deficiency.

LATER: The Bioversity link has disappeared, but I’ve replaced it with one from New Agriculturist that’s much the same.