Quinoa and Amaranth 2016
Water Quinoa Garden 藜麥園澆水
大部分的植物都需要很多水, 尤其在幼年期, 蔬果園的水, 來自冬天儲存的屋檐雨水 (1500 加崙大桶), 不用電力
Quinoa (RIGHT) and Amaranth (LEFT) starters
A third crop can be started in June. Of course the dates have to be adjusted according to the weather that year. The notable improvement in professional forecasting is a great aid in crop planning. Any of the three crops may fail, but most likely at least one will succeed. Adjust your methods and varieties to the advantages of the starting month selected. Each season harvest will provide just one portion of your years harvest total. The focus here is on the early season crop at my location. The second and third crops at my location would be grown more in line with standard crop guidelines. Online seed sellers often have useful things to say about each variety they sell, helping your selection process. So far, my best varieties have been Brightest Brilliant Rainbow and Redhead from Wild Garden Seed, Apellewa, Daves 407, Temuko and Campesino from Bountiful Gardens, and Chadmo from Adaptive Seeds.
inches of the 12” length. Make this 9” cut so as to divide the piece of pipe equally. Then make an angled cross-cut to remove one of the half sections. File off sharp edges and corners. This is called the transplant tool. The 3 inches of intact pipe will be the tool handle and also provide a cover for the top of the transplant as it rests in the tool. 3) Size a round dowel or tree limb, about 8” long, to fit easily into and through a transplant pot. Make sure one end is flat and smooth. This will be used to push the transplant out of the 4” pot onto the transplant tool. Call this piece the push rod.
Lodging: Quinoa is susceptible to lodging, more so during wind and heavy rain. At the homegrown scale, a daily watch can catch plants that are tipping over. Support with stakes, bamboo is good, or use limb wood, even scrap metal rods. Wrap the plant with soft twine and fasten to the stake. Two or three stakes may be required. Some plants will recover and support themselves. Other plants will continue to need support but will make seed enough to harvest. Some plants, once the stem is bent, wither and die. Spot and treat the problems as soon as they occur, replacing damaged plants with replacement transplants where needed. If, when seeding the pots, you use more than one seed per pot you might have pots with more than one strong seedling. You could try leaving 2 or even 3 seedlings to grow and transplant. At two months of age and over three feet tall I have several double and triple stemmed transplants which are as large and strong as the single stem transplants. I have not made up my mind about this practice but it is interesting to experiment. I am wondering if planting in some form of clumps would reduce lodging. For example, drive re-bar stakes at 4 foot spacing, transplant near and around the stakes with four or five plants each. Allow to grow 2 to 3 feet tall and then circle the clump with twine and fasten to the stake at a direction which opposes any noticed leaning.