Easy to grow spreading plants
Ok, so this one’s not technically a spinach, but its thicker leaves mean you don’t have to pick as much to make a meal, and it’s still packed with goodness. Easy to grow, New Zealand Spinach is a bushy perennial that grows quickly, and it’s great as an edible ground cover plant. Harvest late June-early October. Height 20-30cm (8-12"); spread 60-70cm (24-28").
- Easy to grow
- A great alternative to spinach
- Harvest June – early October
A fantastic alternative to spinach, this leafy veg has a similar taste. It has thicker leaves than spinach, so you won’t have to use as many to get a portion each time, and your crop will go further.
Simple to grow and a nutritious addition to your veg patch, New Zealand Spinach is one of our favourites. Spreading habit which makes it a perfect edible ground cover plant. Grows until the first frost. Harvest late June-early October. Height 20-30cm (8-12"); spread 60-70cm (24-28").
Hardiness:10 to 15 degrees
Beds & Borders:True
Grows in Sun or Shade:True
Half Hardy Annual:True
Sow seeds directly into a well-prepared seedbed with plenty of added compost, 1cm (½") deep into a drill 5cm (2") apart. Drills should be 30cm (12") apart. Cover with soil. (Germination 10-14 days). Thin to leave seedlings at 15cm (6") between plants. Alternatively, start plants off in small pots in a greenhouse and transplant out after the chance of frost has passed. Keep plants moist.