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Posted 3/5/2011 7:05:55 PM
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Has anyone grown Quinoa in zones 5/6? The internet says it's easier to grow than tomatoes? Any advice would be appreciated!
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Posted 3/7/2011 5:48:26 PM
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Debbi - I don't but I'm interested to see what people say. I am trying amaranth this year. I was reading where it makes good feed for chickens.

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Posted 3/7/2011 6:39:45 PM


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I'm growing it this year. It's in the spinach family, and is supposed to grow very well in the dry, climate of South America.... and subsequently the Rockies. So, I think it should do well for you. From what I've read, I would put it in an area that isn't watered much. Should be a fun experiment!

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Posted 3/16/2011 7:41:07 PM


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I grew amaranth last year, which is similar to quinoa. It grew fantastic in my garden when started from seed in a pot and treated like a vegetable. I also planted amaranth in a couple small fields. It grew there too, event though the soil wasn't great an I didn't cultivate or water. But it didn't grow as well as the amaranth I grew in the garden. You've got to watch amaranth closely because the seeds don't ripen at the same time, and once they're ripe they begin falling off the head. I suspect Quinoa might be the same way. I think this year I'll cut the heads off as soon as the first seeds begin to ripen and let the rest ripen in a warm shaded place.
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Posted 3/21/2011 10:47:35 AM
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I read somewhere that quinoa seeds have a soapy coating on them and should be washed before eaten, but I don't know if it's 100 % true.
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Posted 3/24/2011 8:28:41 AM
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I'm going to grow it here, 8000 ft mountain desert. And I asked my daughter, in Idaho about 5000 ft, she'll be trying it there. Let me know how you do!
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