Re: [gardeners] Re: Potatoes/spinach

Marianne Darke (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 10:50:52 -0800

What zone are you inhabiting?
Marianne, a SF Bay Area lurker

At 11:21 AM -0600 10/20/98, you wrote:

>Hi Penny,
>NZ spinnach is a slow bolting spinach.  The leaves are more pointed and
>it's not as bumpy of a leaf.  It is not a perennial here in Colorado.  It
>also doesn't collect the sand as much as regular spinnach.  I like both,
>but prefer the traditional kind.  It may be a perennial for George but not
>>Hi George
>>Never heard of New Zealand spinach.  It sounds more like a vine than the
>>kind of spinach I grow.  Could you elaborate please.  Also, you mention
>>its a perennial.  Is it a perennial in colder zones, say 5/6a too?  Sounds
>>Penny in Halifax, N.S.
>>>>> George Shirley <> 10/20 10:58 AM >>>
>>We use pine needles for a mulch under our blueberries and the azaleas,
>>partially for the acidic boost and mostly because they mat good and stay
>>Allen, our garden runs slightly acidic, about 6.5 pH and New Zealand
>>spinach grows like a weed for us. Very good lightly steamed, freezes
>>well, and dehydrates very well. I usually dry about a gallon container
>>for winter use, ie soups and stews. Put it somewhere it can climb or run
>>along the ground and just pick the leaves as you need them. It's
>>supposed to be a perennial but I just found that out this year so will
>>plant along the fence where it's out of the way.