This perennial spinach substitute has been grown since before the Revolution. A staple of the door-yard gardens at Sturbridge Village. Seeds are large and slow to germinate, so be patient. Properly known as tetragone, the flavor is quite similar to real spinach.
Perennial: Zone 8-11
Germination: 14-21 days, scarfying or soaking seeds overnight aids germination
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-75ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2" deep
Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Provide 65-75ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Transplant after last frost,12-24" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Sow after last frost when soil temperature reaches 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 12" apart.
Harvest: Cut young leaves and tips, use like spinach. This will also encourage new growth.
Tips: Plant in average,well drained soil. Amend with compost or well-rotted manure. For the tenderest leaves, do not let the soil dry out. Spreading habit.