Are you looking for some great tips for growing your own quinoa? Then I’m sorry to disappoint you. I’ve got a few suggestions here but I would encourage you to look out for more information. I grew my first batch of seeds from the supermarket, both were equally dry and equally healthy. So, what is there to learn?
Let’s start with some pretty standard advice about moisture, light, heat and seed bed preparation. I didn’t water mine very much at all when I first started growing it, just a couple of times a week when the weather was dry. Just like any other crop, quinoa needs a lot of water but too much can actually stunt it growth. When you’re ready to plant your seeds, it’s a good idea to go into a garden center with a sprinkler system and aim the jet sprays at the seeds. You may need to set aside a day or two to let the seeds soak in the water before removing them.
Make sure that you read your seed catalog carefully to make sure that the seed is suited to your climate and soil. This is really important, otherwise you may end up with sprouted beans that are bitter and tasteless. Once you have your seeds moistened make sure that they are covered completely by mulch, this helps prevent soil moisture from evaporating. My last tip for growing your own quinoa is mulching around the outside of the bed. Mulch keeps the seeds from drying out in the sun and will prevent weeds from growing through the cracks in the mulch.
Now that you’ve got your seeds and your mulch you’re ready to start growing. I would suggest starting out small and growing by trial and error. I would get an inexpensive starter soil mix and start out with a handful of seeds. When you’re ready for the bigger stuff, try covering one third of your seeds with the starter soil mix and another third with dirt. Continue this process until you reach one third of your seeds.
One thing I would try to avoid is over-fertilizing your seeds. I find that in my experience, un-refined seeds tend to produce the highest quality plants. You should also keep your seeds away from direct sunlight, heat, and drying winds. These can all affect your seeds as well.
Some people choose to freeze their seeds. This works well if you have some space to store your seeds and they are not exposed to too much moisture. For most of my seeds I just throw them into my freezer and forget about them for a few weeks. I do not recommend this method for a seed bed that is going to be in direct sunlight or heat.
Another thing I do is use my garden hose and water my seed every couple days. You will notice your seedlings becoming healthier as you water them. It is important to keep your seedlings well watered. If you are growing seedlings for cooking, you will need to water them more often as they will go directly into the food source.
There are many other ways you can be growing your own quinoa. I encourage you to do your research and experiment. My advice is to find a system that works for you. Do not give up, and always keep an open mind. I am sure you will enjoy the rewarding taste of quinoa.
My favorite way is about four days preparation and seed buying. I start by removing the entire seed from the plant. I soak the seeds in water overnight and then store them in my refrigerator. The next step is to germinate the seeds by placing them in a small bowl of water. I let them sit there for about one hour. After the time is up, they are ready to sprout.
Now here comes the fun part. You will now remove the sprouts from the seed and place them into small containers. You want to make sure that you have a tight fit. It is best to use plastic and then airtight containers.
Quinoa is one of the easiest grains to grow. The best part is that it tastes great. I hope you try growing some yourself. Just remember to keep your seeds clean. Remember to keep your seeds warm and you will have fresh quinoa in no time!