How to Grow Perpetual Spinach Seeds
Commercial Value: This perennial vegetable thrives best in warm, sunny areas. In colder climates it decimates very quickly making it a good choice for organic gardeners. It is one of the more popular members of the spinach family and has been a staple food for millions of years. The taste is close to that of fresh, cut green bell pepper with a hint of nutty overtones. Culinary Uses: Fresh leaves are often delicious raw on sandwiches and salads. Older leaves can be sauteed and added to any dish that calls for it or even used as a green alternative to real spinach in some dish that calls for it.
Growing Tips: A continuous, old field, or row of garden rows planted with perpetual spinach seeds and thick root growth will need to be weeded often to maintain production. If this does not occur, the greens will not mature or be of interest. If you decide to weed, be sure to wear rubber gloves and use a good quality weed killer before you pull the weeds. If the weeding is conducted later in the season when the greens are dormant, the chard will produce more leaves in the fall.
When the new, green leaves appear, the crop from the old, green leaves will have been cut too short to be of interest. Continue weeding throughout the season until the plants producing the long green leaves appear. These will be the first harvest from the perennials. Use sharp knives to cut the young leaves into very narrow slits and remove any damaged green leaves or damaged buds.
When you are sowing seeds, keep the size of the unit similar to that of the older leaves on the plant. The younger leaves are called bulbs. Remove any excess bulbs on the young leaves and add new bulbs to the bottom of the unit. Continue in this manner until you are left with very small clusters of fine, blue-green leaves. This is the Perpetual spinach.
For best results, sow seeds a month or two ahead of planting. If your garden is in need of nitrogen, do not substitute red millet for perpetual spinach beet seeds. The former is known to produce fine black seeds, while the latter is the true type. You will also need to get a good, healthy soil.
To make the best growing spinach beet seeds, you must begin by taking a container that has been well drained. Place the seeds inside and water them well. This will help prevent rotting. It will also help the seeds from splintering as they grow. When the seeds are approximately an inch in size, you can begin planting.
After ensuring that the area is well covered with fertile soil, plant seedlings in rows of four. Cover them up loosely so that air can circulate. Within a few days, the young leaves on the plants should change color. This is a sign that the chard is now ready to begin producing its green leaves.
For optimum flavor, it is recommended that perpetual spinach is sown in partial shade. Sow in single rows about six to eight inches apart. Allow the seeds to sprout until they turn dark green. When the leaves start turning brown, it is time to remove them. Remove the green leaves and soak the remaining seeds in water to germinate.
As the chard starts to mature, it will produce two shoots called stalks. The two shoots should be pushed into a hole in the ground so that the roots can absorb the water. Over the next two weeks, plant seeds directly onto the stalks. The holes should be covered in dirt. Water the plants continually so they get plenty of sunlight.
Once the plants have matured, you can cover them tightly with a plastic covering. Make sure you wait at least one full growing season before harvesting. Unseeded spinach has a slim chance of being harvested.
Once you have harvested your spinach plants, collect the seeds. If you do not have a container, use a colander to collect the seeds. Allow the seeds to sit for a full growing season. If the seeds do not germinate, there is a good chance that the plant will not produce any edible vegetables.