The perfect time to sow Karunthinnai (Black Foxtail millet) is somewhere between mid-August to mid-September in Tamil Nadu.? The Kharif crop (summer crop) is sown during July-August in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and in Maharashtra.
Unlike other grains, this crop can survive dry spell conditions as it requires less water. The frequency of irrigation depends on soil moisture and climate. Overwatering is not suggested and thus it is important to quickly drain out water from the fields during the monsoons.
Harvesting time: 110 days
Production Quantity: 10 cents of area would yield 350kg of millet.
Buy Once and Build Your Seed Bank!
Our farm’s Community Seed Bank preserves and cultivates Open Pollinated Native seed varieties that are both organic and sustainably grown. We distribute seeds in limited quantities, expecting gardeners or farmers to propagate them and establish their seed bank. Get ready for a happy and fruitful farming experience!
Soaking seeds before sowing can greatly improve their chances of germination and growth. There are several methods of soaking seeds, and one of the most popular methods is soaking them in water. All you need to do is immerse the seeds in water for about 24 hours before planting them in grow bags. This method is particularly useful for seeds that have hard seed coats, which can prevent water from penetrating and germination from occurring.
Another method of soaking seeds is to soak them in cowdung slurry. This is a traditional method that has been used in India for centuries. Cowdung slurry is believed to contain natural growth-promoting substances that can help seeds germinate faster and grow stronger. To prepare the slurry, mix cow dung with water to make a thick paste, and then immerse the seeds in the mixture for about 48 hours. After soaking, rinse the seeds in clean water before planting them in grow bags.
Both of these methods can be effective in improving the germination and growth of seeds. However, it’s important to note that not all seeds require soaking, and some may even be harmed by it. Be sure to research the specific needs of the seeds you are planting and use the appropriate method accordingly.