• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Spinach in the summer  RSS feed

 
John Todd
Posts: 31
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi! Our spring spinach did fantastic and was delicious.

But around here, we're heading into hot weather.  But I bought a pound of spinach seed!  Can I plant it and get anything in hot weather?  Or just wait until August and sow a fall crop?  Spinach usually overwinters here, too!
Thanks!
-John
 
Annie Lochte
Posts: 48
Location: The Ocala National Forest. Florida, USA
1
chicken forest garden goat
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Where is 'here'? I'm trying malabar spinach (not really spinach) and it tastes great! I'm in fl an spinach don't do well at all in summer... This malabar spinach is a vine and just starting to grow good now that it's hot an humid day an night...
 
John Todd
Posts: 31
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Sorry, here is in west Tennessee, Zone 7B.

Heard of Malabar.  You like the taste?  Will it get bitter as it ages, much like we all do?
 
Amit Enventres
Posts: 433
Location: Ohio, USA
28
dog fish food preservation forest garden fungi solar trees urban woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Malabar doesn't get bitter, in my opinion. It does have a different nutritional panel than regular spinach. I think it's got a little bit more of a slime in the leaf, but cooks and eats like spinach. Malabar I think is a tropical climate native. It's got nice flowers too and is perennial.

New Zealand spinach is another neat one. It's also summer Hardy and drought Hardy. It grows like an ice plant (falling over the sides of planters). The flavor is more mild, in my opinion and like Malabar, it has a different nutritional panel. It's also a perennial. The flowers are not decorative.

I'm in Ohio and have kept Malabar (planted late) outside, it grew until first frost. I kept NZ inside alive all winter, through neglect.
 
John Weiland
Posts: 844
Location: RRV of da Nort
34
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
John Todd wrote: Will it get bitter as it ages, much like we all do?


Don't know if you are using your spinach exclusively as a fresh, edible green, but if you use it cooked, you may want to try some Swiss chard.  Cooked greens of this taste like spinach, but fresh are not quite as delectable.  Can't say how it would do in Tennessee heat, but if table beets grow fine in summer then chard should as well.
 
James Freyr
Posts: 240
Location: Middle Tennessee
14
books cat chicken food preservation toxin-ectomy
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hey John, I'm in middle Tennessee and I grow spinach, but I don't bother with it in the summer. I find that when the weather gets hot, spinach gets bitter and it bolts. I've also found spinach and lettuce seeds won't germinate well in hot soil. I mean you can try a small patch and see what happens, but I have noticed on my spring grown spinach that stays in the soil into late may, some can be sensitive to sunburn. I really enjoy fall grown spinach, as they start getting large in the cool fall weather and into winter I find they are much sweeter than any I grow in the spring, and they also seem to lack any bitterness.
 
Casie Becker
garden master
Posts: 1468
Location: Just northwest of Austin, TX
115
forest garden urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I do love swiss chard and it is both longer lived and more productive the spinach here. We eat it fresh and cooked. It slows down considerably in our summer heat, but I'm at least a full zone below yours, and a drier climate besides. I actually feel like the closest to spinach that I've pulled out of my garden in the summer was actually the sweet potato leaves. Very mild and cook down to a similar consistency to more common greens.

You might find some useful information in this thread https://permies.com/t/55937/fresh-Greens-year though it does lean a little more towards people trying to extend the greens into winter.
 
You don't like waffles? Well, do you like this tiny ad?
permaculture bootcamp - boots-to-roots
https://permies.com/t/59706/permaculture-bootcamp-boots-roots
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!