Amaranth Superfood- Storing And Using It For Survival

James Walton
By James Walton July 11, 2019 07:11

Amaranth Superfood- Storing And Using It For Survival

Here at Ask A Prepper, we like to focus on things like the lost ways and ancient knowledge. The forgotten skills that were the difference between life and death are dissolving in the storm of convenience. It’s pretty terrifying when you think about it.

We have all heard the argument about being thrust back 300 years and how hard it would be for the average person to survive for even a short period.

Within that ancient knowledge, there are also ancient staples that have lost their place in the hierarchy of needs. Amaranth is one such grain.

Amaranth lost its place to things like wheat and corn but this superfood was on the top of the heap for much longer than it has been buried by commercial agriculture.

At least as early as 4000 BC amaranth had been domesticated in Mesoamerica. The seeds were used for toasting and eating or milling into flour. However, amaranth had many uses from dyes to other ornamental purposes.

There are over 60 varieties of amaranth native to the Americas. As you know, it’s always good to do business with native plants.

Growing Amaranth

Growing amaranth is a very interesting adventure because it’s a plant native to Southern US states and even further south. This means that amaranth is used to those hot summers. It is also a very drought tolerant plant.

Depending on the method you’d like to use, you might consider starting amaranth indoors. If you are planning on growing lots of food, well, you will not want to start that many plants inside. You can sow seeds directly but you need to wait till there is no chance of frost.

The frost will be a big problem.

Amaranth is not a wide bushy plant and that is great. Because of this, you can get away with tight plantings. Look for about 10”-18” of spacing between plants. That is a big benefit if you are tight on space.

This could be a better grain for you than, say, corn because of that space benefit.

Using Amaranth, the Super Food

Unlike some other grains, amaranth can be enjoyed as a whole grain, flour and even as a green.

Greens

Amaranth Superfood- Storing And Using It For SurvivalWhile amaranth is known for its grain you can also eat the amaranth leaves.

They are leafy greens that are delicious and do not get overly bitter in the summer heat. Treat them the same way you would treat collard or kale.

They are great stewed up with garlic and potatoes. This is a decent meal that can be had right from the backyard. Add some chicken or eggs and you really have some nutrition.

Grains

The most common preparation of the amaranth grain is to prepare it like a porridge. This preparation is very simple and requires that you understand a pretty simple ratio of 1:3. Use 3 parts water to 1 parts amaranth.

In other words, 1 cup of grain to 3 cups of water.

Bring the water to a boil and add your amaranth. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes and you should be ready to dress the porridge up any way you like. Some people keep it simple with milk and brown sugar. You can also add things like freeze-dried fruits and honey for real flavor.

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Flour

Amaranth Superfood- Storing And Using It For SurvivalIf you have a grinder, then making flour from your grain will be very simple. Amaranth flour is exceptional because of its high protein content. Its amino acid profile also makes it a very nutritious grain and is a great source of dietary fiber.

Even if you don’t have the means to grind the grains, you can always use a couple of bricks to do the grinding. It will be crude, and you will not get as good a product, but it will grind them down, nonetheless.

You can treat amaranth flour as you would any other flour. Be sure you learn to catch your own yeast so that bread becomes something you grow rather than something you buy. That is a huge step towards self-reliance and independence.

If you really want to start your day off right, you can make some amaranth pancakes! In this situation, you are simply subbing out the flour in a pancake recipe for your new amaranth flour. These are powerful pancakes that add that protein and dietary fiber to a breakfast that is usually just made up of white flour.

As you can see, amaranth is a tremendous plant that can be used a number of different ways for a number of culinary applications.

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Storing Amaranth for Survival

Amaranth is a great survival grain. While corn is easily recognizable from a distance, to the unaware, amaranth looks more like some sort of ornamental. That means you can grow a field of this grain and have it look more like a part of the surrounding woods or a flower garden rather than a source of food.

Because this plant has many different uses it means you can store it in several ways.

Canning

Amaranth Superfood- Storing And Using It For SurvivalProbably the best method for the stewed up greens, canning will give you access to those great greens for the long term.

You can also can dishes including the greens like stews.

Your flour mixes are also great things to can, as well.

Remember those delicious amaranth pancakes we talked about earlier? You should can all the dry ingredients for that recipe and just add some melted butter, milk and egg for breakfast in a flash.

5 Gallon buckets

Since part of amaranth is a grain, you might also look into bucketing up that food. It will take a lot of plants to bucket up amaranth but if you do you can store it for the long term. You will need the typical loadout of mylar bags, O2 absorbers and 5-gallon buckets.

I would recommend 1-gallon bags for storing. Treat the grain as you would any other long term stored grain.

Freezing

All parts and derivations of amaranth can also be frozen. While this is not the most favorable means of storing food because freezers can go down with the grid, it can keep your amaranth around for later use.

When the grain thaws you can use it as though it were fresh, to grind or to simmer.

The time has come for us to start looking at nontraditional and ancient foods for sustenance. These foods don’t make it into supermarkets for a number of reasons, but they thrive in our backyards. The entire landscape of food sourcing and production is changing.

The breadbasket of the nation is underwater! We must be realistic about the state of growing lands in this nation, they are being destroyed, sold and void of any nutrition.

Future wars will be fought over water and food among other resources. I know it seems silly in this time of excess but, it will come to pass. Prepare now using ancient foods that grow in your backyard and long term food storage methods.

Amaranth is one example of one such ancient superfood that is coming back into full phase. Get on board!

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  1. IrishRose July 11, 16:55

    Where can you buy seed for planting?

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  2. Rose July 11, 21:11

    Yes i always speak about this amazing weed i also dry and blend into to powder and use a medicine great for woman who are pregnant

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  3. left coast chuck July 11, 23:23

    Here are just a few places: edenbrothers.com amazon.com westcoastseeds.com rareseeds.com
    groworganic.com fedcoseeds.com johnnyseeds.com
    adaptiveseeds.com

    This was a simple search by just searching: “amaranth seeds for sale.” It wasn’t a long complicated url or some esoteric topic, just plain old seeds for sale.

    As preppers, the only real advantage we have is the ability to think on our feet. After the end of the world, nobody, absolutely nobody, is going to take the time to teach you how to tie your shoelaces. While this website is devoted to sharing advice and knowledge, there just are some things one must do for oneself. We can all share different techniques such as how to obtain gas from an abandoned car because there are several valid methods and some of us have never utilized any methods. While I suggested punching the gas tank and some things to look out for, I have not had the experience of actually punching a gas tank. One other list follower suggested a superior method to punching as compared to my method. I am going to make up the tool he suggested and add it to my emergency tools kit.

    I have never done a web search for punching a gas tank or for methods of extracting gas from an abandoned car. I have long considered how to extract gas from the underground tanks at filling stations and one list follower had an outstanding suggestion which is much easier than the dip method I envisioned using. I doubt there is a u-tube video on how to filch gas from gas station underground tanks, so this site is the only place for such information exchange.

    As for where to buy something, jeez louize, if all else fails, try Amazon.

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  4. Debbie in MA July 12, 00:48

    I bought mine at rareseeds.com (Baker Creek). Unfortunately I didn’t get any planted this season.
    Debbie in MA

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    • red July 12, 18:24

      There’s still plenty of time. Grow it for the greens is nothing else. It tastes like spinach without the oxalates. nio

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  5. Miss Kitty July 12, 01:01

    Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds carries them. They also have buckwheat, sorghum, and several varieties of corn developed for short seasons and drought prone areas.

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  6. Lady Ike July 12, 14:53

    Thank you again for a wonderful article; anything to keep us “prepared” for the long term

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  7. red July 12, 18:29

    I keep a few bay leaves in the grain to deter miller moths. The major predator of seeds is ants, which love them. Birds are next. Native Americans still plant this in long rows under cover, then transplant. It transplants easily. Red merlot and Love Lies Bleeding are the two main ones both with red leaves that deter insects, and both are bred for heavy grain production. Both also look good as a background in the flower beds for a hidden garden. Merlot tends to blow over in high winds, the stems break off. From the andes, LLB is shorter with thicker stalks. It also tolerates more cold and light frosts. niio

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  8. Bill Bill July 13, 14:42

    J.W. Great article. Keeps us reminded of how individuals before us kept their families going and we should learn and practice too. That these forgotten foods were and still are super nutritious. As a suburbanite I have seen this plant in many backyards as an ornamental. Never realizing that it was actually edible,especially the greens! (double dip is always good)
    Thanks and God Bless…

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  9. Terri July 15, 08:44

    I’m told that this can be used/cooked as a rice substitute. Any experience with that?

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  10. red July 15, 22:07

    Yes! It has flavor, not bland as rice is. Soak it overnight and cook the next day. If you get an open pollinated variety for farmers, it can all be harvested at once, without a lot of seeds lost. It’s gluten free, and high fiber. niio

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  11. Clergylady July 16, 18:58

    I haven’t used a commercial strain of amaranth. We eat the leaves and the seeds are used as grain from a local fairly productive type that self sews all over here. This year I’m thinking I’ll save some seed from the best seed heads and plant it in a patch so it looks pretty wild but will be easier to harvest. When it has the developing seed heads it’s rather attractive and could easily be in the flower beds as well.
    I have lambsquarter that grow beautifully here as well. I save seeds to eat as winter sprouts in salads and sometime throw a hand full of seed into pancakes. Flavor is subtle. In areas that get some water the lambsquartes plans get as tall as I am. One plant produced 1 1/4. Cups of seed. We love the greens but amaranth and lambsquarter sprouts are good in winter along with other sprouted seeds. I like a mixture of lambsquartes, amaranth, alfalfa, and radish. We eat the mix as salads, on sandwiches, st. The radish give it a bit of a bite. Wild mustard seeds when sprouted are good as are any related brasica seeds. Anything related to mustard or cabbage. We have several wildflowers in the are in that family.
    I use a site wildflowersofnewmexico.com for I’d purposes. Most states now have long lists with flower pictures available. Sometimes I look up Texas or Arizona plants as well because our plants share a large habitat area.

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    • red July 17, 20:06

      Our local amaranth is called prickly for the thorns. I had to use gloves to get any seeds from it. One good thing about too many ants, they’ll clean up every seed they find. Last year, there were dozens growing in the rocks. This year, a few came up near the fence. Pigweeds and black mustard (aka mustard greens, but the seeds are good as sprouts) are better eating. Yellow mustard doesn’t survive long enough to bloom, nor pigweed. I grew up on lambsquarters. Cattle would mow down the pigweed but pretty much let the LQ alone. Too much nitrogen for them, but cooked it was all right. What I like about commercial amaranth, it’s bred for leaves and grain, and for forage, so there’s little or no toxins buildup. Traditional commercial varieties like love-lies-bleeding are almost as good. The problem is smaller seeds and continuous bloom till frost kills the plant.

      Turnips, kohlrabi, and black Schifferstadt radishes all gave plenty of seeds this summer. Turnip and radish seed pods when small are tasty. the collards gave up and are sulking till it rains 🙂 but the kohlrabi are still trying to bloom. the stalks are good right in the garden.

      Have to get the indian rice grass seed ordered, and the flax! Been kind of out of it lately. The doctor moved pre-op up a month because of that. And, need to order more safflower seed. It went in two late and some died in the heat, the rest are all spines on the seed heads. I sent some to a sister and her granddaughter called them baby porcupine plants 🙂 niio

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      • Clergylady July 18, 05:58

        Hope the Dr does you right. Sorry you’re having a rough time.
        I grew up on a lot of lambsquartes. Still like it really well. I used to have a lot of rice grass here. Now just a couple of thick clumps are all I see. I’m watering it when I soak the trees.
        Tomatoes are setting and looking beautiful. Cucumbers started to run but stopped with hotter weather. It sprinkled a bit yesterday so maybe growth will take another spurt. There have been heavy rains all around but it’s not done much right here.
        I picked up 6 , 330 gallon containers for garden water. Next big project will be gutters to fill them with rain water. Those containers are usually priced beyond anything I can consider. These were $75 each and the guy delivered them and set them where I wanted them. I don’t have a spare on the truck so I was not wanting to haul them out here. Glad for the help too.
        The lemon balm I started from seed is doing great. It tends to be invasive so I plan on planting that and a new mint start in storage bins half hurried in the yard.
        Were still watering the new fruit trees every 2nd or 3rd day. Seeing new green on the 2 peaches, 2 pears, 2 of the 3 new cherry, and lots of new leaves on the mulberry. Still seeing green in the young trees but watching for leaves on 1 more cherry, 2 plums, 3 apples, and 1 more elderberry. I see a few little sprouts on some of the raspberry. I’m hoping we start getting more than a few sprinkles. That should make a lot of difference.
        No rain so still no purslane. Mallows are blooming and seem to grow with or without rains. I hope to get a bucket of lemon grass transplanted into the new raised bed I’ve been working on.
        Rain makes the desert bloom. That or watering the whole place. I’d rather get some good soaking rains.
        The wild flax does well even without rain. It almost through blooming and setting seed now. I haven’t tried growing safflower. Lol, baby porcupine plant is a good description from what I’ve seen of it.
        I planted red and yellow watermelons. All the plants look ok but not vinging much. Strange growing season.

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        • red July 18, 07:16

          Pretty much everything is growing well, but nothing fruiting as it’s too hot for it. “You’ll get no tomatoes when Bossy dries up!” Ain’t that the truth. Too hot for her to make milk, and too hot for the pollen.
          These are 3.50 for a pack; there’s no postage on rare seeds’ orders.
          https://www.rareseeds.com/moringa-dwarf/
          Yeah, no purslane here, either, or other things. the Chimoyo start to bloom at 4 inches tall, but no peppers till fall. the one that survived outside by the house has dozens of blooms and buds, but no fruit.
          Still no leaves on the peach or pear. The bark looks healthy, no wrinkles, so they’re maybe all right. No leaves on the two new grape vines, either, but the Concord didn’t leaf out till the rains started.
          I scared a quail off the flats today. She was helping herself to seeds and seedlings. Now, the screens are back in place and she’s out of luck. While they’re sacred in a lot of cultures (sacrificed as the shedding of innocent blood in a lot of Native America) they’re still pests in some ways. With no rain, they’re running out of seeds. I’ll have to save melon seeds for them. they keeps them out of the garden and no eating the mesquite.
          No lemon grass. the quail got it. the kumquat grows nicer every day, but the sun and wind eat up the blooms. Not that I’m against that right now. This is it’s first year and it needs to set roots in, not grow fruit. But, no rain, no figs yet. Canary date seedlings keep pushing up, most of the around the Meyers lemon. they get pulled. There are dozens more to choose a few from. While they grow a lot slower than regular dates, they also are wider and cut more wind. West side of the house, but those roses are there, too. East side, maybe. North side? I want more mesquite there. It’s hard to get enough mesquite! 🙂
          A red ant nailed me tonight. From now on, Bubba eats in the kitchen with the servants (me 🙂 and no more dragging watermelon and so on in the bedroom. Lord, but is it late. Be blessed with extra rain! niio

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  12. Clergylady July 18, 19:46

    Too high altitude here for mesquite. Have an open area on a row along a soaker hose. No point in wasting it. Going to try some Cherokee Wax beans there. They are a childhood favorite. I have several Cherokee heirloom tomatoes planted. They are pretty plants but not yet blooming.
    Still awaiting summer rains. 🙂

    Temps here in the 90s. Some tomatoes and peppers are setting. If we get much hotter they will stop for a while.
    I have sweet small peppers I started from seed. They are just starting to bloom. The mixture of hot peppers are blooming but only two kinds are setting. The rest just drop the blooms.
    My yellow crookneck squash are starting to bloom. The zuchinni are struggling to survive.
    I have the soaker hose on the narrower raised bed today. Soaking it well then tomorrow I can start planting. I’ve worked in enough plant material and rabbit droppings to lighten the clay but it still sticks to metal tools. This bed will all be quicker plantings. Leafy greens, beets, turnips, radishes, et. Then one end will be leaf lettuce and arugala in a mixed bed area.
    Thanks for the long to the mornings. Ill check on that this evening.

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    • red July 20, 03:55

      Avery 100 here each day, but the chilis keep trying. Sweet potatoes and the melons like the weather, but again, no fruit. The pumpkins look OK, but one big the dust. I figure it’s squash borers that somehow made it past the lizard patrol, and cut the vines off close to the base.

      Did you see the weather report of the southwest? This month, little rainfall, next month better, but September and October are supposed to be wet, at least for us 🙂

      If the frost holds off, we’ll have plenty of melons, pumpkins, and squash, sweet potatoes and peanuts and so on. Only one eggplant is is bloom, yet, and they like the heat. The crabapple looks not too good, but it still alive. It’ll be better next year, after it gets its roots in deeper. this year, it’s still young, was planted last spring. Too much pinewood in the trenches, and that resists decay, but after a year, it’ll make a lot of humus and nitrogen. Wish I could have dropped in loads of palm wood, as well. They holds moisture till you can squeeze water out of it, and rots fast. niio

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  13. Clergylady July 20, 16:02

    Well this evening it’s planting day again. I’ll work on the new bed for quick greens, radishes et. I’ll start with several short rows of some heirloom corn. Its ready to eat in 50-60 days. I want more seed and we may eat some also. I have a few heads of our wild wheat. I want to multiply it also. It comes up here in July after the rains start and is ripe by September just ahead of first frost. It is less than a foot tall but the seed heads are normal wheat size. It usually makes a tiny clump with several seed heads. I’ve been watching for it for the last two years when I started moving back. All I have found were 3 clumps. It seems to have been nearly made extinct during the depression. I’m wanting to grow it here and let it naturalized some unused areas. That and the more common wild rye. I have nearly an acre they can grow in. There is another grain I don’t know the name of. It’s 30 ” tall and has long heavy seed heads (5 inches long). The seeds are long and plump. It grows mostly along the water ditch so perhaps it needs more water. If you’re gathering cereal to cook or make flour the seed heads are big and impressive. There were just a dozen plants 2 years ago. There must be more than 100 now. This year I’ll harvest some as it ripens and leave some scattered along to reproduce. I want to try cooking some and see how it grinds for flour. I have over 400 feet along the side of the ditch where wild edibles could be filled in. I see quite a bit of wild salsify. I like the root diced up and cooked in a creamy chowder style soup. Have to get it before the seeds heads are finished maturing. Better before it blooms. I’ll add wild gathered seed and see if it can grow before birds and ants get it. I won’t actually cultivate the land just seed it as nature would. Wheat starting out would be the exception. I’ll start it by planting seeds shallow. Its too hard finding wild seed.
    We drink a lot of a certain plant boiled for tea. Spanish call it cota but natives just call it Indian tea. I want seed to get it growing here. It grows in thick clumps along the roads. I’m not crazy about that unless it’s the almost unused dirt roads. But gathering seed doesn’t bother me. It just right to pick for tea but I’ll wait till more seed is ripe then harvest seed heads in a basket. Same with the desert mallow. It all blooms bright orange here. Leaves are edible but I make a wonderful hair rinse with it. It can be used fresh or dried. There is a lot on the shoulder of our country roads. I used to have some here that was plenty for what I wanted. Need to get it started again. I’d boil an 18″ stem in 4-6 quarts of water for 15 minutes then let it cool. A pint poured slowly over my hair makes it shinny and more manageable. I kept it in the refrigerator. Then I’d get a pint and set it out to warm to room temperature when I wanted to use it.
    Wild Amaranth isn’t up yet this year. It usually sprouts when we get a good rain. The most we’ve had was about 20 minutes of rain three weeks ago Sunday. Lambsquarter is up and doing well if it can get some moisture. Dry areas are stunted and look bad but are still living. I’m hoping the short soaking will bring up the amaranth. I wouldn’t mind watering some of it if we stay so dry. Our wild amaranth still makes good seed heads with small dark seeds. I usually harvest heads as they are ready. I carry scissors and a basket when it’s that time of year. Earlier in the sumner I carry the basket to gather greens for cooking.
    The alfalfa growing along the ditch is blooming. I’ll cut a few arms full as a treat for the critters and start watching to save seed. I love sprouts in the winter.
    I want several areas of “wild” garden that won’t be so noticed. I will still eat from those things but native plants take little care and offer a lot. They aren’t just for future prepping.

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    • red July 22, 03:15

      Just got done for the evening in the garden. I caught the quail at it, again. He’s a big male bold enough, but the hen and chicks stayed out in the alley. I need to start putting watermelon rinds out for them. They like that.

      No corn last year and the garden never felt right without it. This year, two packs of 6-shooter. It’s more for roasting, but sweet enough. Plenty of beans growing, but it’s too hot for most. A lot were directly seeded, but it looks like the birds got them. The adobe is soft enough now to not crust. All four black ant nests are down to a very few, most of them adults, not the smaller young ones. Very, very few flying ants. It might be a lack of rain, or they died from the borax. No borax on the red ants, as a test. They seem to be thriving, where the horned toads leave them alone.

      Two neighbors called to ask if I wanted oleander trimmings. Yo! I put a few inches around a tatume squash and it’s growing fast. Those are along the fence because if allowed to grow into the garden can take over.

      The wild grain, what do the leaves and seeds look like?

      https://santafebotanicalgarden.org/july-2012/ Cota/greenthread tea.

      We have caliche globemallow. It blooms best after the rains state, then through winter. Salsify comes up in late winter and blooms, then dies back in summer. The amaranth keeps trying to come up, right where it’s not wanted, and makes a good mulch. It’s too prickly to eat, but for the seeds. Purslane is coming on in one of the planters (big, concrete brick higher than my knees) and will be ready to pick soon. The red won’t come till the rains start. That, though, will spread a yard wide in the yard.

      If you can, get seeds of wild relatives of garden plants. Cherry tomatoes and the grape tomatoes are great for a wild garden. Like salsify, they self-sow easily. Chiltepin, the same. The mesquite has handfuls of beans about ready to pick. Big first crop this year. A little sulfur and a lot of coffee grounds under the tree last winter help 🙂 niio

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  14. Clergylady July 22, 07:03

    My uncle gathered seed for chilitepin and tiny wild tomatoes when hunting deer in south Texas desert. He grew them in the flower beds at home in Brownsville. Ants and birds wiped out the last of my seed nearly 20 years ago. My late husband used them both in his Hotter than Hell Salsa.
    The amaranth here doesn’t have stickers on it. I use a lot of leaves from amaranth and lambsquartes in cooking. I also use seeds saved from both.
    The unknown grain is about 30 inches tall with very little leaf and a heavy 4-5″ seed head that bends gently in the middle. Each seed in the head is about the size of a grain of wild rice and there is a long “hair” on the tip of each individual grain. It would be Attractive in a dried arrangement. Each seed head is 3/4 of an inch across. It is a loose seed head not hard like wheat.
    Were eating some lambsquartes. Where they have come up around the yard they are twisted struggling plants but where they have come up in pots of tomatoes or flowers and get watered they are lush and beautiful. I’ve let them grow.
    Cooler temps tomorrow 84f predicted and a chance of rain in late afternoon. That will be welcome. Evening news looks like a chance of monsoon rains for the next 10 days.
    I tried to open the site to order dwarf moringa and promptly lost the info. Can you send it againg? I’d still like to check it out.
    My first tomato is turning red. 🙂 Many years the only way to get ripe tomatoes is to have them in a greenhouse to start early and produce later. The heat has made for happier tomatoes. They are taking a lot of water but are starting to set quite a bit of fruit.
    I picked up a weedeaterxtoday from Craigslist. Weeds are growing around the newer home since we had a bit of rain. It turns out the man there is licensed to handle chemicals to kill trees. I’m going to buy some to kill the one tree that is growing under the corner of my mobile home. I’ll pick it up next Sunday at his home. I’ll recut then drill the stump and put the poison in the drilled holes.
    I need to get the string for the weed eater so I can clean up weeds around the yard. If we get the monsoons everything will be growing. That includes weeds.

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    • red July 22, 22:42

      A blessing on your head, as the rabbi said. The grain could be any old-timer. All grain used to have bristles on each grain to keep birds from eating it before animals could. Animals usually pass a lot of grain out, which gives the grain a chance to reproduce. Birds rarely do that. Kamut, rye, oats, barley all get 30 inches and taller if they get enough moisture. Some get 6’ when in bloom. I’d have to see a picture of the grain.

      Possible showers today and tomorrow. I’m praying for it. Of course, the VA called and wants me down tomorrow, so if it rains here, I’ll likely miss it. 🙂

      Too hot here for lambsquarters, but all amaranth grows well. Red Merlot too well, too tall for the winds.

      Dwarf moringa, for the greens; Baker’s Rare Seeds rareseeds.com 3.50/10 seeds, free postage. A good catalog, if a little strange. They should bloom next year for you. The seed pods are to be eaten when small or they get stringy, fast. Not too much water, but they like the heat. They look like a legume, but aren’t. If I lived closer, I’d bring you one. Seeds cause the Toltec Two-Step! I have good string for a weed eater, and no weed eater. Here, it’s not needed. JL Hudson has an unknown variety, meaning it could be drumstick (grown for the seeds) or leaf greens. http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/ https://sustainableseedco.com/ has no moringa, but has good seed.

      No tomatoes! No plants! This is the first time that ever happened. Last year there were so many seedlings I was giving them away. Same with sweet potato slips. This year it was opposite. But, when is growing is doing well.

      In Penna, a WWII bro of Dad’s had a problem with a tree in his neighbor’s yard (this family are weird, and think pedophilia is normal). He had a few of them arrested for stealing, housebreaking and so on. The family got spiteful and planted a silver maple along their side of the terrace wall by his garden. Maples are bad for robbing plants and killing them that way. Dad told him to ask me about it. I told the man be careful and cut a hole in the bark. Drill a hole (I think it was ½ inch) in the tree as deep into the heart of you can. Pack it with saltpeter. Glue the bark back in place. He told the family he asked God to curse them for their evil. The tree was fine till it started to leaf out in spring and was dead by fall. More, when the roots rotted, all those under the stone terrace collapsed and the wall did, as well. The family had to pay to get the wall rebuilt, did it with old railroad ties, and wound up in court, then had to do it right. BTW, it’s called sympathetic magic, adding a little toxin to the curse 🙂

      Weeds are plants that need a use. Mulch is always helpful! Weeds get roots deeper than garden plants, and recover plenty of lost fertilizer. Then it all goes in the garden. The caliche globemallow is still in bloom, though no rain on it. The acacia is, as well, but needs to go. I don’t care for the seeds, which have to be roasted to kill the toxins. And, I have to stop dithering and get cardboard up around the peach, lemon, apple, and pear trees to hold off the wind. niio

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  15. Clergylady July 23, 02:35

    Lol interesting story. 🙂
    We both have Dr appointments tomorrow in Albuquerque. Over 1 hour drive each way. I need to pick up a filter and some hydrolic fluid for the tractor.
    The neighbor looked up tires for the truck. I’ll probably order online tires from Wal-Mart. Have to see which Wal-Mart can mount them for me and arrange to pick up there.
    I need to find the spool of “string” for the weed eater. Then I can cut the weeds from around my home.
    It’s clouding up and we see lots of lightening in the west. My trees need watering but I don’t want to be out there pulling hoses in the lightning. I can just begin to smell moisture. Phone says 50% chance of rain. I hope its right. Keeps reminding me I need to price gutters and start working toward that. “I HEAR RAIN”!
    I pray your VA trip goes well.
    I’ll have to look at that sight with the morninga.
    This morning I picked cottonwood leaves and packed then in a pint jar with coconut oil. Spring buds are more powerful but I’ve about finished up last years oil that I made. The leaves will still have the same properties, just not as strong. Its related to willow and has the same pain relieving properties. You can make it with inner bark dried and powdered in oil. It won’t be ready for two or three weeks.
    Raining in waves but lots!!! of lightening and enough thunder to have the dog staying close.
    Have a flash flood warning on the phone. My property slopes away from the mountain above us so not too worried but the Arroyos could be bad. Either way I head home in a while will be across Arryos. I need to pick up Hubs perscription. And get back before dark if possible

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