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I received your letter and seeds today. Thank you so much. We are planting them in the space where the compost heaps are now sitting. As soon as we move them, those little babies are going in. I figure it must be the most fertile spot in the garden as the compost has been there for 7 years.
Is it ok to start them in March?
in our climate amaranth is an all year crop, i reckon. but maybe plant half or less now (or scatter the timing so you don’t have them all in the same stage of growth – there are bazillions in the bag since the seeds are so small) and save the rest till you know they are ok. you’ll get as many seeds as i sent you from just one plant (but i used a bunch of parent plants so you got a mix of genes). they will go crazy in a fertile spot – they can grow taller than you! for a vege, that’s pretty good!
at what stage so the seeds develop, sabine? Do they need water or are they a dry plant?
i don’t really know how fast they develop – i’ve never sowed them carefully, i just shake a parent plant around like a magic wand and then little seedlings appear later!! its pretty quick though.
they are very tough plants but it pays to give them good water and nutrients like all your picking greens – especially at the start of development. they can grow 2m high.
when they’ve grown they can handle less water. and if they get droopy you can chop the top off and a lower down branch will grow larger.
if the seeds fall in dry, poor places like my sawdust pathway, they just develop in minature and flower when only 5cm high!
the best leaves for us to eat are the little, new, greener ones. the chooks can have the older tougher ones!