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 Post subject: Has anyone here had success with growing grains?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:24 am 
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I could have swore someone grew quinoa this year. I'm wondering if growing this in my garden next year is a feasible idea--I'm trying to not have to buy it because of the whole importing thing.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:55 am 
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I don't know about quinoa, but my old neighbor had a good time growing amaranth, which is its more heat-tolerant cousin. Do expect it to leave you with some volunteers though. I don't think quinoa would do too well where i live but it might be fine up in indiana, and growing its probably not too different? But I'm not sure.

She wouldn't grow huge amounts, a paper grocery sack or so, but it seemed prolific and easy. Plus, its beautiful, with the huge red flowers and edible leaves (though I never actually ate them, I don't know if she did- I didn't want to take enough for myself from her garden. My guinea pig ate it though!).

I don't think either of these seed plants actually need winnowing like the actual grain plants.

Millet is easy as heck too though, I had some sprout from my bird feeder...I just let it seed and hoped the birds ate that too.

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I grew quinoa, but primarily for the edible greens and immature seedheads, which I braised. I let some go to seed, but even though it didn't need winnowing, it was pretty labor intensive. Amaranth seed is easier to collect, but so small you'd need to grow a massive amount to get a reasonable harvest. And Lycophyte is right, quinoa does better than amaranth in cooler climates. It was super easy for me to grow in Portland. Here again is the link that provides great info: http://www.saltspringseeds.com/scoop/powerfood.htm

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I grew amaranth this year, it was quite easy and pretty, but a 4 by 6 foot area of huge plants did not even yield much, so may not be worth it.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:40 am 
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I grew amaranth this year, it was quite easy and pretty, but a 4 by 6 foot area of huge plants did not even yield much, so may not be worth it.


Maybe it was the variety? My neighbor got half a paper grocery sack from a few plants! I can ask her for more details though...

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Please do! Ask the neighbor if it needed full sun or partial. I'd like to take a stab at growing in 2012.

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We had quinoa in the garden this year. They seemed to be doing great all summer long and got really big and had the seeds all over the top and everything. Then I forgot to look up what we're supposed to do to harvest it and...I think we waited too long because they just kind of died. And, we also moved to a new house so we will have to start all over on the garden next year. But we're going to try quinoa again!

Also, what?! I could have eaten the greens and braised the seedheads? I am a gardening FAILURE! But not next year :)


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So I asked my old neighbor about growing amaranth and she'd get like a pint sized mason jar worth of seeds from a single plant. She always gets beautiful bright red volunteers too!

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We grow some amaranth in the school garden. As someone above said, it takes up a bunch of space for very little return. It's really beautiful, though. We're in 8b, btw.

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Yeah I'd say the beautiful makes it good enough! Plus, it doesn't seem to need all that much attention.

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