I have the same thing with mine. Small plants with a pepper load. I think, partly because of the heat, the peppers raced into fruit production and stunted themselves. Had the first fruits been removed the plants probably would have grown more normally.
I always start my Swiss chard in pots indoors and plant out in about 3 weeks time. How do you prepare amaranth?Mostly, I wanted to update on transplanting a few chard plants. I'm not sure why I wasn't sure if I could move them successfully, other than that I've never done that with their beet cousins and growing chard is still somewhat new to me. So, I took a few out of the big veggie garden and plunked them down in the backyard beds - back there past the bok choy with some cilantro flowering amongst them. It worked fine and, since it is a prefered method to fill the garden, starting in flats might be something to do in 2022.
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The bok choy is still available but only growing in this rather shady end of a bed. Nevertheless, there will be bok choy started in August for the fall. You can see that these plants are rather chewed upon! That's by both the slugs and the sparrows. Since sparrows eat slugs .... Oh well, there is the distant garden with its limited sparrow (& slug!) population.
With the chard, we are eating quite a lot of amaranth. Not those little volunteers scatter between the bok choy and chard just yet. Cut-and-come-again works okay with this amaranth if it's in a good location. That distant garden with its exposure, most of the amaranth needed to be harvested quickly because of bolting.
I know the struggle.i should try to get out and pick some peapods and peas to have with our burgers today. it is hard for me to do this because i'm really trying to increase my seed supply of these peas so while they are all very tempting i'm also fighting off the temptation to pick them all.
The amaranth is prepared in the simplest of stir-fries, @heirloomgal . Or, since there may be no additional ingredient than bacon or sausage, I should simply say - sauteed.
With all the purple, it would just be something of a mess with broth and any other ingredients added. They turn rice purple .
Before, I tried several green amaranth varieties. One was called a "white." They didn't grow well. A friend had some of these in her garden for several years and was happy with how they tasted and how they grew. She had the seed from another friend. I think that they must be an ornamental variety but, hey, that's okay. They provide summer "greens" and follow one of my longtime favorites: baby beets.