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04/11/2013 at 14:45

Planted ES and some Chard last spring and a fellow Allotmenteer told me that my spinach was Everlasting

? Does that mean it stays in the same bed or should I rotate it to some where else...losing nutrients etc

? Is Chard the same sort of plant or does it need to be replaced every year

04/11/2013 at 16:06

It's not really everlasting.  Eventually it will go to seed.

Not sure what you mean by 'losing nutrients.'  Yes, you keep it in the rotation, so you plant it in a different place each year.

Replace chard every year.  It is a good vegetable to take you into the winter.

04/11/2013 at 16:30

If it's what is usually known as Perpetual Spinach (aka Spinach Beet) it's not everlasting. All that "perpetual" means is that you can grow it virtually all year ,as it's very hardy and won't go to seed as easily as the more delicate summer spinach. Chard behaves in much the same way.

You should sow fresh seeds each spring, and then at intervals through to late summer (if you want). The crops should keep going all winter on a cut-and-come-again basis. Eventually they do start to shoot up and get tough and leggy, but by this time your new crops will probably be just about ready.

A good crops for anyone with pet rabbits or guinea pigs, by the way! But also a useful standby for humans.

04/11/2013 at 21:04

I love both of them - Perpetual Spinach was one of my favourites as a child - we sow at least 3 crops of Swiss Chard each year and it's one of our favourite and most versatile of veggies. 

Yesterday at 13:40

Just cutting down last years spinach which has started to grow vigorously.  Is it worth freezing? raw its a bit tough.

Yesterday at 13:49

Maggie I have frozen spinach, kale & chard. Sweated them down in a large frying pan, drained in a colander and squeezed them until I could not get any more liquid from them. Rolled into balls ( like shop bought frozen spinach) and froze each ball individually on a baking sheet, then bagged them up  

Yesterday at 14:22

When I have had a surplus of chard I have chopped it coarsely, blanched for about a minute in boiling water and drained/squeezed It thoroughly.  Frozen in small(ish) quantities it has been superb in stuffings eg with Feta cheese,  toasted pine-nuts etc.  I've never used it as a vegetable in its own right after freezing, though.

Yesterday at 14:42

I have steamed it after being frozen and it's nice using my method but as S Violet says it is also good in other dishes, Chicken Sag and really any curry  Vegetable bakes & pasta bakes and lots of meals.  

Yesterday at 17:46

Hi all

Perpetual spin, chard and normal spinach are great garden fillers and can be used in so many recipes especially curries. Lamb Sag with any of these is brill and sooooo tasty go for it as it is quite an easy crop to grow and does not take to much space planted close together.

My winter spinach is ready now for picking and i have perpetual spin, rhubarb chard, and bloombury spinach now planted in modules ready for end of month for planting out. I also have other varieities of spin to plant to follow on others.

As mentioned above after all crops have finished i pick off all the leaves and after steamed press into a small ball and freeze.....The taste is the same and yo cannot tell the difference in any curry or oven prepared dish

Happy gardening and don waste any crops eat the lot

PS will post some pictures of my progress as an update

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