How to Grow and Harvest Perpetual Spinach Seeds
Perpetual spinach seeds are one of my favorite vegetables. I have several types, but they go well together and with different seasonings. They also go well in other foods like potato salad, bean dips and stews.
Culinary Properties: The flavor of perpetual spinach seeds is close to that of fresh, true British spinach. Young stems are excellent raw on sandwiches and salads. Older leaves can be cooked and served as a green vegetable or used as a side ingredient in any recipe that calls for it, such as potato salad. Spinach leaves can be harvested annually and used fresh at the peak of its flavor when they are placed in a sunny window or eaten right away.
Storage: Seeds should be stored in a dark glass jar. If you harvest late, your seeds will remain usable for two months or more. Once you remove the seeds from the refrigerator and store them in a container, you can store them in the freezer for up to a year. When you want to use them, take them out of their container and place them in a hot salad or soup. In addition, use your garden hose to dry off the leaves and stems.
Herbal Uses: For centuries, herbalists in China, India and Tibet have used seeds from this perennial plant to treat a range of ailments and conditions. It's a popular remedy for kidney problems, and a number of other diseases. As a popular home remedy, it's often used to relive constipation. It's also thought to be beneficial for soothing colic in babies. For women experiencing menstrual pain, it's used to alleviate cramping.
Where to Sow Seeds: It's easiest to grow perpetual spinach seeds indoors, but it's possible to harvest plants from the outdoors as well. You can grow these plants in containers on your deck or patio. Keep in mind that the chard variety requires a lot of direct sunlight and regular watering. It's not recommended that you plant this outdoors during the summer, because the leaves will burn if exposed to the sun for too long. Choose a spot that gets indirect sunlight and lots of regular watering to ensure that the plant grows nicely.
How To Sow: To harvest your plants, simply remove all leaves from the stalk and spread them out onto a bed of soil. Cover the entire area with dirt, then rake in the dirt to make a large seed bed. Cover the entire area with even, slightly moist soil and add a little compost to help the soil retain moisture. When the seeds are ready to harvest, dig a hole about one to two inches larger than the size of the plant.
Harvesting Your Vegetables: To ensure a successful yield, the chard variety needs to be harvested every three to four weeks. Wait a week to dig up the plant and remove the dead green leaves and stalks. After the stalks are gone, you'll have a few plants left. These plants will continue to grow and mature, so you don't have to do it again immediately. Allow the chard to go to seed, then replant it into more garden space until it is time to harvest your perpetual spinach.
To store your perpetual spinach for future use, carefully remove the green leaves and stems before placing them in a Tupperware container. Fill the container with water to cover the seeds and place in the refrigerator. Keep the seeds fresh until you need them! The best way to preserve your chard is to store it in the refrigerator. Because it's so perishable, you can expect to get only a few fresh Harvest Greenzes from each plant.