What was left I took and rubbed between my hands (wear gloves) intil it pretty well disintegrated and ran that through a window screen to take out the big chaff.
Then, i took what was left and shook it lightly so that the blooms and light chaff rose to the top and blew off as much as i could.
I repeated that process until it was pretty clean. It's not easy to thresh or winnow by hand, so I think I'm going to try and build something to make the process easier.
Hope that helps you somewhat.
I have so much out where my wild horses run that I want to bring here. There is an asian pear that was to die for. I need to check and see if I can graft it onto wild pear rootstock. Oh, and the yellow berries, they were the best I have ever tasted. That place is a longish drive but not too long for what I hope to bring home when the time is right. When would be the best time to get berry cuttings? Will berrys grow from cuttings?
I love love love asian pears. we had one in our backyard when I was a kid and it produced gobs of pears without doing a thing to it. the ones from the store are so mushy and gross they aren't worth eating usually.
The place is kinda cool though. It is like an abandoned commune with old orchards and berries and such. Several years ago I rescued some feral horses and turned them out there too. Though the same people own it all this time differant people live there from time to time and I have no idea who is there now.
i had a black raspberry plant fall over in the winter and in spring it rooted about 8 or 9 plants along the length of it..
i'm sure you can do that with any brambles..can't hurt to try..i'd lay down one plant for each 5 or 6 plants you want to have babies of to dig up.
paul wheaton wrote:
If the long term mission is chicken feed, then what about throwing the whole heads out to the chickens?
For simplicity and efficiency, you can't beat mu.
Jennifer Hall wrote:
It's the best answer to questions like "what's the most efficient way to drive a car?" or "Coke or Pepsi?" or most of the questions a stereotypical drill instructor would ask. One translation is "the answer lies outside the context framed by the question/assertion/statement".
It's borrowed from Japanese, and comes into English largely through students of Zen Buddhism. In the original language I think it means something like "null." It came up over on the Fukuoka thread, but I like the passage of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance on it. Here's Robert Pirsig:
For example, it's stated over and over again that computer circuits exhibit only two states, a voltage for "one" and a voltage for "zero". That's silly! Any computer-electronics technician knows otherwise. Try to find a voltage representing one or zero when the power is off! The circuits are in a mu-state.
I don't think that question made you look stupid.
At any rate, I'm glad you asked. It prompted me to look up some things I was on the edge of forgetting!
This is them with Gangeticus (Elephant Head Amaranthus)
to thresh things like that, just get a big piece of cardboard that refrigerators and the like come in, like from Lowes. Lay down the seedheads, put on some flat soled boots or shoes and shuffle around on the seedheads. You can also put them in a big pillow case and beat it against a tree.
I simply went to the local health food store and bought a pound for about $5 (Whole Foods in Dallas has it in bulk for $2 per pound) and planted about a 1000 sq foot of raised beds in with my field corn. The amaranth has deep roots that help to pull up nutrients and I thought it would help the corn. As it turned out the wild hogs harvest 4lbs of seed corn (twice) before it could sprout. On the other hand I think every seed of the amaranth came up and we have eaten and frozen the leaves. It is better than spinach and reportedly supplies over 75% of the nutrients a human body needs (great obama crop.) Look up the Greek recipe for veleeta, its great. The deer and hogs don't seem to bother the amaranth and it seems quite drought resistant. The seed heads are so heavy they are starting to pull the plants down. I would guess I easily have a couple hundred pounds of seeds from about a 1/4 lb planted.
Best way to harvest is not to hang up in the garage. You get too much chaff. Simply take an old pillow sack and lean the head into it and pull it off, then clean it. The time to harvest is after the first frost and watch the birds. When they start attacking the grain you need to do the same. By the way I did butcher 6 corn fed hogs.
i had a similar situation. i broadcasted seed from the bulk bins and ended up with hundreds of plants, probably more. I ate the thinning's. the amaranth grows unbelievably fast, i planted in the last week of June and they are already approaching 5 ft.
thanks for the tips on harvest. never used a pillow before.
What's brown and sticky? ... a stick. Or a tiny ad.
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