Not perennial but not your usual one harvest either.
"GREENS THAT GROW back after you pick them save time, effort and garden
space. Swiss chard, New Zealand spinach, Chinese (or vegetable) amaranth
and other leafy green vegetables all stars producing when they're very
young plants--and then continue putting out food over a long season. You
get a two, three and often up to six harvests without having to work the
ground again and again or raise more seedlings. Because you eat almost
everything the plants produces, these vegetables are very space
efficient. And all of them Ire among the most nutritious vegetables you
can put on the table. They are the richest sources of vitamin A and
calcium that you can get from the mid- and late-summer garden.
People often refer to these vegetables in ways-that call spinach to
mind. They look and cook like spinach, but the similarities end there.
Most are better steamed or cooked in some way than raw. And calling them
a spinach substitute does them a disservice. It makes us expect a
spinach taste, which interferes with our enjoying them for their own
These cut-and-come-again vegetables are among the easiest to grow. But
there are a few tricks to keep the work light and the plants vigorous.
A common mistake is to plant too much They are good eating when they are
young and tender. But if you have overplanted and are frugal, the
tendency is to pick large outer leaves, which are really past their
prime. 'That leads to disappointment, and some people abandon the crop
when they simply haven't learned how to pick it. You must pick fairly
heavily to keep the greens good, but let enough leaves remain to support
regeneration. The plants must have plenty of water and rich soil for the
rapid and succulent growth that produces tender leaves. Each one of
these vegetables is a little different, so I'll give special cultural
details for each -
Swiss chard is a beet that never' forms a sweet root, but' its leaves
are much better than any beet greens you can raise, Chard is raised just
like beets. You can easily plant too much. The best-tasting leaves are
six to ten inches long. Ideally, you pick only a few outer leaves from
each plant When too many leaves get large and coarse, waving around at
knee height, I whack off all of them about three inches above-ground on
half the row, and then pick only the Inner leaves on the remaining
plants. The cut plants will send up tender new tasty leaves within a
Another good thing about chard is that--with its deep, strong root-- it
often lives over winter, especially if mulched, and - starts producing
leaves in early spring while many other vegetables are still just seeds
in the packet Going strong all season long as it does, chard often needs
a side-dressing of manure tea or other fertilizer in midsummer. But even
without it, chard doesn't slow down much, probably because its deep root
system ranges far for nourish mend '
Vegetable amaranth has teem developed in the Orient strictly as a cut
and-come-again crop, not as a grain producer. There are several main
types and numerous cultivars grown in China and Taiwan, but only three
are available here. Only a small area is needed to produce a nice supply
of summer greens, according to Skip Kaufman, who is in charge of
experimental amaranth plantings at the Organic Gardening and Farming
Research Center. A bed of only 24 plants planted six inches apart in all
directions will produce one cutting of greens a week The cuttings
produced from one to 23; pounds each."
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Bill S. Jersey USA zone 5 shade garden
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