Researching / by Karie Luidens


There must be more to the missing amaranth seeds than just hungry birds. Maybe I haven’t trained my eye to recognize the tiny grain-like seeds among all those drying purple petals. Time to do more research and teach myself how to find and harvest my crop…

See, illustrated articles like this one make it look like the seeds should be visible among the chaff straight off the tassel. That’s not what I got when I ran my hand down the flowers in my garden, though; I came up with all fluffy chaff, no pearly-pebbly seeds. Hmm. Did the early birds get all the goods on this batch? Is it time to cover the remaining tassels with some kind of netting to protect my harvest?