Millet Update and Spring Colors

We planted millet in late February and planted it out last month and already we have an update! While many of the plants were destroyed by curious cats, the remainder have sent up impressive stalks of grain.

This being our first time growing millet, we weren’t sure what to expect. It’s always fun to try something new and see what happens. Here’s what we found in the garden yesterday:

Young millet sending up a stalk of grain.

Young millet sending up a stalk of grain.

Millet apparently is a short crop, only reaching about 15″ tall.  Up close, some of the grains even starting to turn colors.

Millet turning darker at the tips

Millet turning darker at the tips

Speaking of color, there is a lot of that going on in the garden right now. Flowers are blooming and fruits are setting and darkening in the sun’s warm light. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Love in a Mist sends out its first flower of the season

Love in a Mist sends out its first flower of the season

 

Borage attracts bees and other beneficials to the garden.

Borage attracts bees and other beneficials to the garden.

Stevia grows nearby to lend its sweetness and bright green leaves to spring.

Stevia grows nearby to lend its sweetness and bright green leaves to spring.

 

Our Trumpet Vine is going crazy right now. The hummingbirds love it, as do our bees.

Our Trumpet Vine is going crazy right now. The hummingbirds love it, as do our bees.

One of many roses and a lime geranium in flower

One of many roses and a lime geranium in flower

 

Yarrow attracts parasitic wasps to fight off aphids

Yarrow attracts parasitic wasps to fight off aphids

Blackberries are ripening-- the wait is killing us!

Blackberries are ripening– the wait is killing us!

 

Seascape everbearing strawberries flower and fruit several times during the season.

Seascape everbearing strawberries flower and fruit several times during the season.

Our Cecil Brunner rose towers over the office, adding fragrance to the air

Our Cecil Brunner rose towers over the office, adding fragrance to the air

 

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4 Responses to Millet Update and Spring Colors

  1. Donna Y says:

    What do you use the millet for? I know you can dry it and hang it in birdcages. But is that what you are doing with it or is there some other use for it. Interested to know more.

    • Christy says:

      I eat millet in place of rice or quinoa sometimes because it’s a highly nutritious grain, and it’s great for those with gluten issues. It can be eaten like an oatmeal or porridge too. I expect the birds will find it tasty too, but I plan to harvest it before they can get it.

  2. Lynne Maclean says:

    I also eat millet. I have a wonderful recipe for millet cakes. I’m trying quinoa in my garden this summer but next year I’m going to do millet for sure.

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