I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.
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Hybrid Pearl Millet
Hybrid Pearl millet (85-98 days from seed to harvest)
1 ounce ~4,500 seeds
Pearl millet was domesticated as a food crop in the tropical region of West Africa at least 4000 years ago. It's a warm season annual grass crop that is best known here in the U.S. for forage and grain crop. It is one of the most drought resistant grains in grain production today. It is well suited for double cropping behind small grains and vegetables.
Most pearl millet is used in chicken and wildbird feed, but a recent trend has seen it in many health food stores. Pearl millet is also being used to feed poultry, ducks, cows, hogs and even catfish. The reason is it has 8 to 60% higher protein levels and 40% higher lysine than feed corn.
Pearl millet grown for grain has a similar growth habit to sorghum. The typical height is 5-10'. It yields best on fertile well drained soil. Best planted in late spring or early summer when temperatures rise. Soil tempreture MUST be above 65 degrees, but germinates best at 75 degrees and higher. Root devolopment is quick. Being from Africa it has the abilty to survive on less water than corn and still produce a viable crop. Tolerant of sandy acidic soils.
Seeding rate is recommended at 4 pounds per acre. An exact seeding rate is not critical, because pearl millet can partially compensate for a poor stand by increasing the number of tillers. Seeding depth should be 1/2 to I inch deep. 30" row widths are typically used. A plant every 3 to 4 inches can give excellent yield results with good management practices. Good weed control is necessary for a successful crop, and it is particularly important to control early emerging weeds.
"Organic production. Pearl millet is a crop that should need little in the way of pesticide use, and can be grown effectively with organic methods for the organic livestock feed market, which pays a premium for feed materials in many areas. Using cover crops or manure to boost fertility, employing cultural and mechanical weed control, and incorporating crop rotation can allow successful organic production of this crop." Purdue Univ.
An all-crop or small grain combine header is appropriate for harvesting pearl millet.
White Proso Millet (70-100 days) 1 oz package Proso millet, also called Proso, grain millet or h...
White Proso Millet (70-100 days) 1 oz package Proso millet, also called Proso, grain millet or hog millet, is grown primarily in the US for feed grain or birdseed purposes.
However, most of the world eats millet and it is becoming wildly popular in health food stores today.
Proso is a warm-season grass and is well-adapted to the warm summer temperatures.
It is, however, sensitive to frost and therefore usually is planted in June.
Proso has a shallow root system, but because of its short grow...
German Golden Millet Seed
This particular strain has been around for some time, but the first tim...
German Golden Millet Seed
This particular strain has been around for some time, but the first time we can document being sold as seed was in 1889.
Super popular in feed mixes for exotic birds like finches and canaries, but many birds delight in this millet. Most people hang the entire sprig in the cage for birds to eat. Excellent for those birders looking to attract rare birds to their garden.
Millet is used as a porridge or breakfast food in many countries.
Golden German millet is a late mat...
Organic Suei Gu Foxtail Millet
Packet contains 1 gram (approximately 150 seeds).
115 days to maturity. Sow mid May-August.
This is a glutinous millet that can be used to make sticky dumplings, much like glutinous rice. Foxtail millet is also popular as bird seed. Suei Gu is an heirloom variety from China, and is very rare in the US.
Try Suei Gu Foxtail Millet in this recipe:
Millet is an important forag...
Japanese Millet is warm season grass that is grown pri...
Japanese Millet is warm season grass that is grown primarily for forage, wildlife habitat and of course is a favorite bird food.
Can tolerate wet soils once established. Commonly planted in wetlands, near ponds or along streams to attract water fowl.
It is robust with course, hairless leaves 4-20 inches long with stems that are thicker than most millets.
Grows 2-4' tall.
Japanese millet is a weed-suppressing cover crop that can grow up to 4 ft in...