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Everlasting Spinach....( And Chard )

NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,536

Planted ES and some Chard last spring and a fellow Allotmenteer told me that my spinach was Everlasting

? Does that mean it stays in the same bed or should I rotate it to some where else...losing nutrients etc

? Is Chard the same sort of plant or does it need to be replaced every year

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    It's not really everlasting.  Eventually it will go to seed.

    Not sure what you mean by 'losing nutrients.'  Yes, you keep it in the rotation, so you plant it in a different place each year.

    Replace chard every year.  It is a good vegetable to take you into the winter.

  • If it's what is usually known as Perpetual Spinach (aka Spinach Beet) it's not everlasting. All that "perpetual" means is that you can grow it virtually all year ,as it's very hardy and won't go to seed as easily as the more delicate summer spinach. Chard behaves in much the same way.

    You should sow fresh seeds each spring, and then at intervals through to late summer (if you want). The crops should keep going all winter on a cut-and-come-again basis. Eventually they do start to shoot up and get tough and leggy, but by this time your new crops will probably be just about ready.

    A good crops for anyone with pet rabbits or guinea pigs, by the way! But also a useful standby for humans.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,668

    I love both of them - Perpetual Spinach was one of my favourites as a child - we sow at least 3 crops of Swiss Chard each year and it's one of our favourite and most versatile of veggies. image

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  • Just cutting down last years spinach which has started to grow vigorously.  Is it worth freezing? raw its a bit tough.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Maggie I have frozen spinach, kale & chard. Sweated them down in a large frying pan, drained in a colander and squeezed them until I could not get any more liquid from them. Rolled into balls ( like shop bought frozen spinach) and froze each ball individually on a baking sheet, then bagged them up  image

  • Shrinking VioletShrinking Violet Posts: 1,128

    When I have had a surplus of chard I have chopped it coarsely, blanched for about a minute in boiling water and drained/squeezed It thoroughly.  Frozen in small(ish) quantities it has been superb in stuffings eg with Feta cheese,  toasted pine-nuts etc.  I've never used it as a vegetable in its own right after freezing, though.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I have steamed it after being frozen and it's nice using my method but as S Violet says it is also good in other dishes, Chicken Sag and really any curry image Vegetable bakes & pasta bakes and lots of meals.  

  • chris 172chris 172 Posts: 403

    Hi all

    Perpetual spin, chard and normal spinach are great garden fillers and can be used in so many recipes especially curries. Lamb Sag with any of these is brill and sooooo tasty go for it as it is quite an easy crop to grow and does not take to much space planted close together.

    My winter spinach is ready now for picking and i have perpetual spin, rhubarb chard, and bloombury spinach now planted in modules ready for end of month for planting out. I also have other varieities of spin to plant to follow on others.

    As mentioned above after all crops have finished i pick off all the leaves and after steamed press into a small ball and freeze.....The taste is the same and yo cannot tell the difference in any curry or oven prepared dish

    Happy gardening and don waste any crops eat the lot

    PS will post some pictures of my progress as an update

  • chris 172chris 172 Posts: 403

    hi all

    well planted perpetual spin, summer spin and rainbow chard this week and all loo healthy.

    these were all module planted then into ground which i feel will give them a great start

    happy gardeningimageimage

  • chris 172chris 172 Posts: 403

    hi all

    progress at the garden has been good with both beds doing really well

    bloomsberry spinach was great and excellent yeild however it started to bolt so harvested every morsel over two weeks and have planted same block with pac choi

    Perpetual spinach still giving a great return and what ever picked is steamed, squezed and frozen in little packs which will be added to currys etc etc

    chard growing really well and when picked at the allotment is so juicy and fresh eaten like  a stick of celery

    give it a go if you have semi shade good luck and ]

    happy gardeningimageimageimage

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