Okay, I think the time has come to tackle one of the most mysterious-to-me species growing out back: amaranth. Having never grown amaranth before or even heard of it growing up, I’ve cultivated these plants without any concept of how to know when they’re ready for harvest. This much I know: once the weather got hot this summer, they shot up practically overnight like weeds. The back of the garden has become a forest of tall fuchsia stalks, leaves, and tassels of tiny blossoms. Now it looks like the early-bird flowers are going to seed… but when I look closer there are no seeds to be found, only chaff. Time to do some research.