Re: [gardeners] Re: Potatoes/spinach

Penny Nielsen (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 16:19:43 -0300

Hi Jane - thanks for the info.  I guess perennial was too good to be true.  I believe I tried a slower bolting one which fits your description last year and was not as pleased with it as my regular ones. Think I got it from Maine.  I tried the bright lights this year too (still lots left in the garden) and wasn't as impressed with this one either.  It has been really attached with some type of bug or slug eating away at the leaves.

I think I'll go back to my regular ones which I buy locally.  

Penny in Halifax, N.S. 

>>> Jane Burdekin <> 10/20 1:21 PM >>>
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.