If you are looking for an alternative to Wheatgerm or maize, bulk Brassica oats are one of the best tasting and most nutritious products on the market. They are a new crop to the world of food, but have been used for centuries as a source of nutrition. They are also one of the oldest grains used by man. In addition to their nutritional value, they taste good and are very easy to grow.
Growing Brassica oats is fairly straightforward. You can either grow them in a garden bed, or by picking them off the vine. You can order seeds from any seed catalog, or just go out to your local gardening shop and dig up a bunch. The latter is probably more convenient, but it will also take longer.
Before you start digging out the bulk, you should know that there are two types of Brassica. There are wet-land and dry-land species. Wet-land plants grow quickly, but tend to lose a lot of their nutrients after a few months. The dry-land ones retain almost all of their nutrients and last for years. Both varieties should be divided by hand, because the roots can get tangled up in the grass or weeds.
Once you have sorted through the bulk, remove any uneaten seeds and dry out the seeds. You should then place them in a glass vase with a cover of the newspaper. Keep the cover on the seeds until the next day when you are ready to harvest. When choosing the cover, make sure it fits snugly without leaking. This allows the seeds to remain damp but not so much that they rot. This is also a good time to clean out the vase, taking special care to remove any dust or dirt.
When the seeds are in a moist state, it is time to germinate. Gently place the seedling on top of a peat moss blanket, and make sure it is firmly supported. It is best if you can support the entire plant for at least six weeks, though most require only three weeks. The longer it takes, the smaller the opening.
Water your plant every day. Make sure to water the bottom, too, to prevent wilting. Once you've watered the plant thoroughly, remove the peat moss and gently scrub the root ball. Make sure you rinse well and wipe the root surface with a dampened tissue. Any soap or solvent used to clean the root ball should be cleaned off before replacing the plant.
To harvest your bulk brassica oleracea seeds, you will need a pair of garden shears. Cut about a quarter inch off the base of each stem. Then, carefully remove the entire plant, taking particular care to preserve the roots as you go. Place the cut stems on a flat surface in a warm, dark place. Over the course of the following two or three weeks, transplant the plants into pots or containers of your own choice.
When the plants have bloomed all the way through, you can lightly mist the tops with a little olive oil to help keep them green and vibrant. You will have an exciting plant to cultivate! Now that you know how easy it is to grow bulk brassica, you should get started today!
It's important to remember that bulk brassica oleracea seeds should not be exposed to extremely high temperatures, such as those found in many sunflower products. This can cause cracking and sprouting, and the plant may die. Keep your seeds dry, and store them in a cool, dark place. They are also a good choice for drying in your compost pile, if you have one.
Your final step is to set your seedling in a sunny window or on a sunny patio, but not too close to any heaters or home-heating systems. Just remember that your plant needs constant, gentle heating from January to June. In the meantime, you can hang baskets of loosely wound plant material on the windowsill to help the plant to take in the warmth. Once your plant starts to flower, it will need a lot of extra, short-term sun. Be careful not to expose your new blooming plant to direct sunlight, as this can cause wilting and browning of the leaves.
Finally, once your bulk brassica oleracea seedlings start to flower, you can put them in a plastic pot full of well-rotted garden soil. Make sure that the pot is half-filled with well-rotted garden soil, and add a handful of well-rotted garden soil to the pot daily, covering the plant with a damp cloth or paper towels when you do so. Allow the plant to flower on its own for about two weeks before you replant it in your garden. By following these steps, you'll soon have a thriving plant!