DESIGN ELEMENTSEdible Gardens part 2
Vegetable gardens can be any size or shape.
You can plant them out in purpose built raised beds, in pots, old fruit crates or even old corrugated iron tanks.
This is the time to invest in a compost bin and worm farm.
Let’s find out more…
I'm talking with Glenice Buck, landscape designer and consulting arborist.
In any garden for vegetables you need to be able to work the soil to a 200mm depth.
The worm wee or worm "woo," as Glenice calls it is also very beneficial to your plants.
Vegetables themselves are quite beautiful in their own right, so they would be a lovely addition to other ornamental plants.
If you have any questions of course, why not email email@example.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.
- Did you know that Spinach and silverbeet seed was sent out from England in 1787 with the First Fleet but in the new colony they found spinach difficult to grow?They found growing silverbeet much easier, which is why Silverbeet is sometimes called spinach in Australia, but true spinach has smaller leaves and a much sweeter, milder flavour.
- Here’s the thing; Beetroot and chard are multigerm seeds, meaning that they are actually a cluster of three or four seeds in a corky shell.
Not Really Spinach?
- So then the question came, “ why is it called spinach then?”
- Perpetual spinach or perpetual silverbeet, has smoother leaves than other silverbeet with narrower, greenish stems.
- It’s tender with a taste more like English Spinach but it’s hardy and drought resistant.
- This beginner-friendly plant is a cut-and-come-again crop that just keeps on giving.
- Germination of spinach seeds can take anything between a week and 2 weeks.
- Spinach like all leafy vegetables is what’s called a heavy feeder –ie, needs lots of Nitrogen to grow well.
- If you haven’t already applied Blood and Bone or cow manures to the soil a month or two ago, your soil will run out of nutrients.
- Another thing to remember is that Spinach grows on shallow roots, so don't dig vigorously around it. If you get weeds because you didn’t mulch, carefully hand remove them.
- Water frequently to keep up with the fast growth of the plants.
- In about 8-10 weeks, your Spinach plant has put on enough big leaves so you can pick them one by one like you might lettuce.
- The leaves will keep regrowing for quite a while. Otherwise pick the whole plant for Spinach pie etc.
Why should you grow your own Perpetual Spinach?
- If you love spinach pie and because Spinach is best eaten fresh and it loses nutritional properties every day.
- Putting it in the fridge slows the deterioration, but half of the major nutrients are lost by the eighth day after harvest.