How to Grow Spinach Beet

Spinach beet is a leaf crop which stands well throughout the winter, and yields for many months. It is also known as edible-leaved beet or perpetual spinach. The flavour is very similar to that of the annual spinach.

SOIL PREPARATION

Spinach beet will grow satisfactorily in most soils.

Dig in rotted compost at the rate of a bucketful to the yard run well before sowing time, or sow on land that was well manured for a previous crop.

SOWING

To have a supply of perpetual spinach all through the year, make one sowing during the middle of April and a second sowing about the middle of August. Take out drills l in. deep and 15 in. apart and sow the seed thinly.

When the plants come up, thin the seedlings out to 8 in. apart in the rows. If any gaps appear, transplant some of the seedlings.

1 kg of Spinach leaves separated from the stem...

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GENERAL CARE

Hoe lightly with a Dutch hoe to keep down weeds, and if August and early September are very dry, see that the second sowing is well watered.

HARVESTING

Pick the leaves when they are a usable size, together with the stems. Do not leave the foliage to grow old and over-large or the crop will be reduced. Even when leaves are not required for the house, pick them and put them on the compost heap; the yield will continue because new leaves will grow in place of the old ones. Allow the autumn-sown plants to build themselves up well before a hard winter sets in, by picking fewer leaves from them.

RECOMMENDED VARIETIES:

Lucullus, produces pale yellowish-green leaves, large and closely curled.

Perpetual, an excellent substitute for annual spinach.

13. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Fruit & Veg, Salads | Tags: , , | Comments Off on How to Grow Spinach Beet

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