Perpetual Spinach seeds can be planted easily in the garden by splitting large growing clusters into numerous individual pots. These days it is easier than ever to purchase individual pots of good quality, and plant a variety of different vegetables in them. However, some Spinach varieties require a different way of planting. If you want to grow seeds without the use of a trellis, or even a greenhouse, then you need to consider using the informal methods of seed planting. You can enjoy the fun and rewarding of growing your own fresh vegetables all year round by following these simple steps.
Growing Tips: The best strategy for growing your own vegetables is to start them off in tiny containers - about the size of your thumb. Cover the pot with something light, such as cardboard, so that the soil doesn't get too heavy. Always mulch well around Perpetual Spinach seeds with chard leaves to prevent weeds from taking over the top. Each small perennial spinach plant is really a dry clustered cluster of individual seeds, so you will have to carefully thin out plants to the strongest, biggest seedling first, then pot them up into individual pots.
Covering the young leaves of your perennials will help stop them becoming too woody. If they have dark green leaves, it is a sign that they have not had time to acclimate themselves to their new environment. Perpetual spinach seeds will grow best in a warm, sunny location, so remember to move them every few weeks in either an outdoor or indoor setting.
To sow your Perpetual Spinach seeds, first remove all of the old, fallen leaves and stems from the young leaves. They should be arranged on a bed of gravel in a shallow tray, as the roots may decide to begin growing there. Place the seeds on top of the gravel in a gently warmed place, making sure they are completely covered. It is better if you can put the pots upside down. Then sow the seeds into the earth one at a time, ensuring they are completely covered with soil when you do so. Water well, then cover with more soil until the sprouts have grown roots and topped up.
Once you have had a chance to see your perennial spinach plants growing, you can actually move them to a bigger container, say an unheated vegetable box, and sow your seeds once more. For those with bigger gardens, there are whole-house hangers available that can easily hold a multitude of plants at once, and this is the ideal solution for larger gardens. Once the sprouts have grown large enough to handle being handled, clip the green leaves with scissors, then tie them back with string or wire. You can then use pots to keep your perennial spinach growing for longer.
The true spinach, unlike its younger relative, will not be ready to sprout until after the middle of May. This is because young leaves and stems wilt away before the seed is ready to sprout, but the true leaf will remain green for much longer. Cut off any dead or broken young leaves and stems, and smother them in about a liter of water with a few drops of vinegar in it. Allow the young leaves and stems to soak for three to four hours, then remove them from their water and let dry.
To sow and seed your perennial spinach beet seeds, simply take the bare green tops and stems and cut them crosswise into two pieces. Add a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of black pepper and a quarter teaspoon of dried thyme. Soak these pieces for an hour, then spread them out on a baking sheet, greased nicely. Leave them to sit overnight, cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake in the oven the next day. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool, removing the foil and placing them on a cooling rack.
When your Perpetual spinach beets sprout, they will be full of chlorophyll and will produce a stunning purple color. They will also be filled with small dark purple seeds. The seeds are the real pleasure and can be harvested regularly during the winter months to help you save on winter vegetable purchases.