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Comment by Lissa on November 29, 2013 at 5:19

I love volunteer plants coming up by themselves. Egyptian Spinach and Amaranth are doing that just now.

Only a matter of pulling out any growing where I don't want them. Free food and green manure plants as far as I'm concerned.

Comment by Jake on November 28, 2013 at 7:47

Thanks Scott, no my gardens not terraced and it faces South so it's rather shady. Not quite sure about the sunflowers, guess they're more of a  shadeflowers hehehe...

You can buy the chia in the health section at the supermarkets now apparently Lissa? But beware once you've planted them they love to volunteer everywhere hehe, makes for a good mulch ;-)

Comment by Lissa on November 28, 2013 at 5:10

I must get my hands on some Chia seed. I can broadcast them at the back edge of the beds where they can grow tall if they want to.

Comment by Jake on November 27, 2013 at 19:26

Jip. It's the blue ones. I usually just put the dried chia in a bag, rub and shake it then blow away the dried bits and you're left with the nutritious seeds:

and here's why I love this hardy little plant, the little blue flowers drop off a few seconds after the bees visit, quite amusing to watch:

Comment by Lissa on November 27, 2013 at 16:25

Is one of those flowers in the pic Chia Jake? The blue?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 27, 2013 at 10:57

Not any more. The plants were around 2 metres tall and stayed in the garden for months. Harvesting those tiny seeds must be quite a challenge. The odd Chia plant still comes up and we leave it to do its own thing. We buy Australian-grown Chia for $30 a kilo it is not organic afaik but it's a simpler solution for us.

Comment by Jake on November 27, 2013 at 8:18

Anyone else grow chia seeds? I love them! So easy and the bees go CRAZY for them! Really healthy seeds to eat too.  

Comment by Lissa on November 27, 2013 at 4:55

Purty :)

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