Brightest Brilliant Rainbow Quinoa Organic
Chenopodium quinoa 90-120 days. This ancient Andean staple has witnessed a boom of worldwide interest due to its robust nutritional profile. The gluten-free, low-glycemic seeds provide a unique, plant-based complete protein source and are especially high in the essential amino acid l-lysine. Flavorful leaves can be used like spinach and provide an abundance of calcium and iron. For greens, sow 1 inch apart and harvest entire plant at 6-8 inches tall. For grain production and enjoying selected leaves throughout the season, plant 12-14 inches apart. Temperatures above 90° F may inhibit seed formation, but anyone can grow it for nutritious leaves and outstanding ornamental quality. Blooms in late summer to autumn.
Selected for its vivid display of colorful seed heads, this ancient plant is a delicious and nutritious edible green and grain. The leaves are thick and succulent with a salty, savory flavor similar to spinach. The tiny grain is nutty, delicious, and packed with protein. Growing to 2 feet tall, it's a practical and striking addition to ornamental beds, adding dazzling shades of fuchsia, burgundy, lime green, cream, orange, and yellow. If planting for greens, sow seeds 1 inch apart and harvest entire plant when it reaches 6-8 inches tall. For grain production and enjoying selected leaves throughout the season, space plants 12-14 inches apart. Blooms in late summer to autumn.
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Savor the flavors that fill the kitchens of Europe. Fast and easy to grow, greens are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Enjoy them in soups, lightly steamed, or raw for a low calorie and highly nutritious part of your diet.
CULTURE: Gourmet greens are, for the most part, cool-season crops that perform best when planted in early spring or fall. Most will tolerate light to moderate frosts with minimal cover. Greens yield the most when planted in rich, well-dug soil in a sunny location. Rapid continuous growth is very important for the best quality. Plants are most vigorous and the flavors are milder and richer when daytime air temperatures are between 60-70°F. For mid-summer greens, purslane, endive, and New Zealand Spinach perform quite well. Most European greens are best direct sown into a well-worked seedbed. Apply 1 cup of our complete fertilizer per 10 row feet for peak production. Unless otherwise noted, plant seeds 1-2 inches apart in rows 16-18 inches apart. Most greens can germinate when the soil temperature is as low as 40°. Keep the soil uniformly moist for best results. Cover all seeds with Reemay or Grow Guard 20 to help deter birds and improve germination. Sow greens every couple of weeks to ensure a continuous supply of young plants. Thin after their second set of leaves have emerged. For transplants, see the Lettuce culture.
INSECTS: Aphids can be a problem and can be controlled with a strong spray of water, or applications of Pyrethrin or Azatrol.
DISEASES: Good rotation practices and garden sanitation are essential for disease control. Proper plant spacing that allows adequate air circulation helps prevent molds.
HARVEST: For the best flavor, harvest all greens frequently and when young. As with all greens, a rinse in cold water will help preserve the flavor and texture. To avoid bitterness, do not eat over-mature plants or those that mature in the heat of summer.