Trigonella Foenum-Graecum, that is the botanical name of fenugreek , is an amazing plant, it’s going to help you fight off diseases and make your foods and meals amazingly tasty.
I’m going to show you today the best and most efficient way to grow fenugreek, you will never buy it again if you apply these steps and techniques and in fact, you are going to not only learn about growing it easily, but also storing and enjoying it for a long time.
Fenugreek is a very easy seed to sprout, it’s also very nutritious, however before embarking into this journey, you must understand that you can also use fenugreek greens, most people do not know about this and think that they are only going to get the seeds, but the greens are also very healthy and nutritious, they are also going to add and earthy and well-balanced taste to your meals, if applied moderately.
Here are the requirements for growing healthy and delicious fenugreek:
The first thing you have to understand about growing it is that it must have a very rich soil, I’ve tried growing fenugreek on poor soil thinking that it was a very strong plant, but the reality is that it will not grow well.
It will not yield good seeds! What you have to do is to get a slightly acidic soil and enrich it with quality compost.
The second thing you need to look for is a place facing the sun, fenugreek plants love sun exposure, they will thrive in sunny places and spots, after all they are originally mostly grown in the Mediterranean region and India which are very sunny all year long.
Fenugreek is a very fast sprouting plant, it will start growing within just days of planting and will grow up to 50 to 70 centimeters tall, however it must be planted deep, about ten centimeters into a rich soil
- When to plant fenugreek?
You should plant fenugreek seeds after the frosty season is over, that is in spring in most countries, it doesn’t enjoy the cold weather, and will not grow healthily.
- Can you transplant fenugreek plants?
The answer is no, you can’t and if you do it you are going to simply kill the plants or make them grow weaker and unhealthy!
- How much water does fenugreek soil require?
As a general rule of thumb, avoid giving your plants too much water, once every two days is more than enough, however if the soil is poor, you need to add minerals to your water or mix it with rich compost.
- When and how to harvest fenugreek seeds?
You have to understand that if you are growing your fenugreek plants for greens, you are not going to get a lot of seeds.
For collecting seeds, you need to wait until the seedpods have developed well and are mature, that is usually in mid-fall, just take them out and dry them.
The best way to store fenugreek leaves is to dry them, just collect and put them on a baking sheet, if the area where you live is sunny enough, you can put them out in midday facing the sun, and they are going to dry easily, however if the sun is shy, you can still put them in a low heat oven for two hours.
As far as the seeds are concerned, you can store them in dark mason jars, they should be closed tightly, for as much as a year.
This is how you grow and store fenugreek seeds, if you need more explaining, just ask me a question in a comment, I will answer it as soon as possible.