Chia Seeds – The Magical Super-food!
Chia seeds are among the most highly rated super foods in the world. They are known to help with weight loss efforts, fighting aging on skin, mental health, and even healing of Type 2 diabetes, among many other benefits.
The Chia leaves are also used to make therapeutic tea which has, over the years, been used to relieve pains, kill fever, resolve respiratory problems, relieve arthritis and even reduce blood pressure & cholesterol levels.
Clearly, Chia is one plant that every home should have. It has uses across all age groups with some very exciting experiences with regard to top notch health. You can learn more about the benefits of Chia here.
Even Peak Performance International Kenya Recommends Chia Seeds for your Child’s Genius Brain Development.
Growing Chia – Where to Grow Chia
To start off, it is important to note that a chia plant can grow big. It can grow in to the size of a small tree or a large bush. It grows taller than most herbs and so it requires some bit more space. Some may go as high as six feet but the average height for most will be about five feet when they start flowering.
So, if you want to grow this plant in your small space, or even indoors, it is good to anticipate its size, and thus choose the right size of a pot to plant it in, or the space in your backyard where you will grow it.
Growing Chia – How to Grow Organic Chia in Kenya
The Chia seeds are small tiny seeds. When planting them, you do not need to dig holes where you will bury them. Simply ruffle the area you want to plant them lightly with a rake, or even your fingers, to loosen the soil/earth. Then sprinkle the seeds over the soil and rub/squeeze them gently to cover them lightly with the soil.
Once you plant these seeds, make sure you water them on a daily basis. In about a week’s time, you should be able to see Chia sprouts emerging from the soil.
Chia seeds also germinate very well in pots or nursery polythene bags. Simply sprinkle a few seeds on to each pot/paper bag which is filled with soil and make sure you water them regularly. When the sprouts are about 3 inches tall, you can now transplant them.
Note that Chia plants don’t do well in competition with weeds. So, make sure you clear off weeds, and even mulch the chia plants to eliminate these weeds for proper chia growth.
Where you plant the chia directly on the garden, make sure you thin them as they start to sprout. You can feed the thinned plants to feed your chicken, or even let the plants grow just a little more so that you can harvest some of them while young to dry the leaves for Chia tea.
Don’t clear existing weeds until you are ready to fill the space.
When it’s time to plant, work gently. Don’t dig up or turn all the top soil (thereby exposing a whole new lot of weed seeds).
Plant your new seeds in the freshly cleared space without inviting unnecessary competition from deeper weed seeds.
Add mulch and compost and anything you like to make your garden healthier as your plants grow, but put it on top and let it feed the soil from above.
Note: Please, do not grow your Chia using any inorganic fertilizers and chemical sprays. Grow it organically to enjoy its many benefits.
Harvesting Chia Seeds
Depending on how big your harvest is, you can either pick the individual flowers from the chia plants when they are ready, or you can store the dried flowers in bags until you are ready to separate the seeds from the flowers.
Harvesting of Chia requires good timing. Do not wait until the flowers are all dry. If you do, you will lose a lot of seeds in the farm. Instead, start harvesting the Chia when you notice that most petals have fallen off. Pick the flower heads then and dry them in a drying rack or some paper bags. This way, even the seeds that break free by themselves will not be lost. Remember; do not hang the plants upside down in your shed as seeds may slip off.
Chia is one of those lovely plants that don’t have sharp or prickly parts. Even when dry, they still feel relatively soft on your hands. It’s therefore easy to loosen the seeds off the plant during harvesting even for children. So, take your family with you to harvest the Chia Seeds.
World Shortage of Chia!
Good News!!: Lately, due to the realization of most people across the world about the magical benefits of Chia, there has been a rapid rise in its demand. Just recently, all Chia wholesale companies in Europe were sold out. This means that now is the right time to get in to Chia farming. The demand for these seeds even in Kenya is rising sharply.
Bottom Line: You need to get in to Chia Farming today. At Kenyan Farmer, we will supply you with the seeds you need to start your own Chia Farming Venture. We also have sprouted chia seedlings for sale at very affordable prices. Click here to order.