Re: [gardeners] Re: Potatoes/New Zealand Spinach

Allen and Judy Merten (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 20:45:10 -0500

Hi George,
    Thanks for that tip about the NZ Spinach. I had never grown it or seen it
grown. It had been recommended in some literature from the Extension Service,
so I thought I'd try it. How close to regular spinach is it? Son #3 is a big
fan of spinach. Disappointed that spinach does not do well here. He told me
that he didn't know that there was anything I couldn't grow. He's a good son!
    Bastrop Co.,Tx
    Zone 8

George Shirley wrote:

> 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