Re: [gardeners] Re: Potatoes/spinach

George Shirley (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 13:12:46 -0700

Zone 9b, SW Louisiana. High humidity, lots of rain, acidic soil in the
main. Sometimes USDA shows us almost in zone 8 but the weather doesn't.


Marianne Darke wrote:
> George,
> 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
> >here.
> >
> >Jane
> >
> >>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
> >>interesting.
> >>
> >>TIA
> >>
> >>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
> >>there.
> >>
> >>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.
> >>
> >>George