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Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
Heritage: England, pre 1900’s
‘Perpetual’ Spinach is a prolific producer of large dark green leaves with white stalks.
It’s a very healthy vegetable that’s easy to grow at home. Highly regarded for its vigorous growth and excellent ability to regrow after being cut or picked.
It does best in fertile soil and full sun, however you can also plant it in shady parts of the garden and where soil is poor as it is very forgiving. Technically it is a type of Beet/Chard, however it is named Perpetual Spinach due to its similar flavour to true Spinach. It is longer lived and has greater bolt resistant than traditional Spinach varieties.
It’s a very dependable leafy green that can be picked year round, and can be harvested as a whole plant or by the leaf. The smaller leaves are delicious in sandwiches and salads, while the larger leaves go great in stir-frys, soups, and pasta.
Spring - Autumn
Sow Direct, or Transplant
Spinach is best sown in spring through autumn. Seeds can be sown in trays for transplanting, or directly in place approx. 20cm – 30cm apart when soil temperatures are between 15°c – 25°c.
15°c - 25°c
10 - 14 days
Transplant seedlings, or thin directly sown seeds, once plants have several true leaves to a final spacing of approx. 30cm – 40cm apart. You can eat or re-transplant any thinnings.
30cm - 40cm
40 - 60 days
It can generally be grown year round. The outer leaves can be harvested frequently as the more it is cut for use the more it will regrow. The plants are fast growing, low maintenance, strong and disease resistant.
If sowing close to winter, transplanting can work well for allowing plants to get underway without experiencing significant losses from bug attacks. Remain vigilant for hungry slugs, snails and caterpillars.
It is a biennial that is typically grown as an annual for its young leaves. In areas that do not experience a hard frost, it can sometimes behave like a perennial and live for several years.
Eat immediately upon picking for best flavour, or it will keep for a week or two in the fridge.
It is also known as Spinach Beet.
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