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Spinach Beet – Perpetual Spinach

Posted Dec 12 2009 1:29pm
Spinach Beet, also known as Perpetual Spinach, is a cut and come again veg which goes on and on.

We have been harvesting this crop, from raised beds, for months, and although it is looking a bit tatty now, in the middle of December, it is still providing welcome green leaves.

spinach-in-raised-bed

spinach-in-raised-bed

Spinach beet (Perpetual Spinach)  is:

  • succulent
  • prolific
  • very hardy
  • good on dry ground
  • rarely bolts
  • suitable for summer, autumn and winter crops
spinach-Dec12th

spinach-Dec12th

To grow spinach beet (perpetual spinach):

  • sow seeds in early spring and/or autumn
  • sow very thinly
  • in ordinary garden soil
  • 3cm (1in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart
  • thin out to 23cm (9in) apart
  • water well – throughout the season
  • harvest the leaves when they are large enough with scissors, leaving some leaves & the growing centre on each plant
  • pick all leaves that are large enough – even if you don’t want them, so that new leaves keep coming

Nutritional value of spinach beet:

spinach beet is high in :

  • vitamins A and C
  • beta-carotene
  • lutein (which helps protect against eye disease)
  • dietary fibre

Click this link to buy some seeds of Spinach Beet, or Perpetual Spinach.

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