I did plant the pigeon pea on purpose but never expected it to grow so tall.
But the chai was an accidental germination after feeding cluckles a handful of seeds from other much smaller plants in my garden.
However when the 2 varieties got in competition with each other & considering the amount of fertilizer they are getting in the pen, it is no wonder they have grown so tall.
In this photo they are a bit over 2m on 6Mar'16 but yesterday I noticed all plants were around 2.5m tall now.
The chia is growing around the north facing sunny corner of the shed so it has been a good thing since I am now keeping chuckies locked in until much later in the afternoon so the shed can get quite hot around midday-early arvo.
I first started growing chai after buying a handful of organic seed at a health food shop. I now have it everywhere. So it is easy to grow.
I purchased a packet of pigeon pea seed ages ago & have never had to buy it again since. Since I usually prefer open pollinated or organic seed foods, they will never be GM or hybrid so they will always hold true to form when saving & regrowing from seed.
I am keenly awaiting the seed heads of the chia which should begin appearing any time soon. I think they will surprise me with their size & volume of seed. The chooks like chia so am hoping it will supply a good amount of their daily protein needs.
The plants will be ready to tear down around the time winter arrives so that corner of the shed will be a nice sunny place again that will keep cluckles warm during the day.
The only problem will be that I will not be able to control the food source which will also be available to rodents as they will start pilfering the seed before the heads are completely dry & ready for chuckies.
I will experiment with cutting the stems & hanging upside down to help dry faster but not sure where I can do that where it will be free of rodent attack.
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