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Post  littlesapphire on 4/28/2012, 10:47 am

So I planted some spinach about a week ago. I thought the seeds looked pretty funny when I planted them, but I figured I'd look it up later and see how it went. Well, the spinach hasn't done anything yet (I dug some up to see how it was doing, and the seeds aren't making any progress), so I figured I'd better go look this up and see what was up.

It turns out what I planted is something called NEW ZEALAND SPINACH! It's a plant that tastes similar to spinach but otherwise isn't anything like it, lol!

Apparently it's often used as a ground cover, and much rather prefers warmer weather. Another name for it is everbearing spinach because it continues to produce leaves all through the summer and they never go bitter! The plant was first mentioned my Captain Cook, who used the plant to help his crew fight scurvy because it's so high in vitamin C. Cool!

So I guess I need to go buy real spinach today, lol! But I think I'll try planting these seeds later, once it's warm enough for them, because they sound pretty cool!

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Post  GWN on 4/28/2012, 10:52 am

I planted a bit of both types this year.
I was hoping to find some info here on pruning the new zealand spinach. It is considered to be indeterminate, sort of like the tomatoes, and more of a vine. I hope I have not just ended the vine with last nights pizza
Both of my types are doing equally well right now, I notice that we are in the same zone.

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