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A cold hardy, creeping perennial that is grown as an annual in our climate. It has thick leaves about 5 cm long and long shoots reaching 90-120 cm.
Excellent dietary product!
It grows best in open areas, on fairly fertile, moisture-retaining soil with average nitrogen content. To stimulate germination, seeds are recommended to be soaked for 24 hours before sowing. In a temperate climate, seeds are sown indoors, seedlings are planted in open ground at a distance of 45 cm from one another. Or, seeds are sown in open ground in situ, after frost has passed, gradually thinning to the required rate. Plantings of young plants are regularly weeded from weeds (adults cover the soil and suppress the growth of weeds themselves).
Spinach seeds are slow growing and require pre-soaking and sprouting. Seedlings appear two weeks after sowing.
It is advisable to sow germinated seeds immediately in a pot with a diameter of 7-8 cm, 3-4 pcs. in each. Sowing is carried out in March-April, in cold greenhouses on solar heating - a little later. When sowing in boxes, the picking of plants is carried out in the phase of one or two leaves.
Seedlings are planted in open ground at the age of 40-50 days, in late May-early June, when frosts have passed. In a row, plants are placed every 40-50 cm or according to the scheme 70x40, 80x50, 100x100 cm or in the "square-nested way" - 50x50 cm.
New Zealand spinach grows slowly in the initial period, so the bed is used for еру co-cultivation of fast-maturing vegetables (such as head lettuce, radish or regular spinach).
New Zealand spinach is suitable for planting in beds with any other crops that require a large number of nutrients. For example: with cabbage, celery and fennel. However, over time, New Zealand spinach grows very large, so it should not be planted close to other vegetables.
Leaves and shoot tips can be harvested six to seven weeks after sowing. Frequent pinching stimulates the growth of young leaves for three to four months.
1,0 g = 15 seeds.
Eng.: NEW ZEALAND SPINACH. Suom.: Lamopinaatti, uudenseelanninpinaatti. Sven.: Nyzeeländsk Spenat. Bot. syn.: Demidovia tetragonoides Pall., Tetragonia expansa.
Tetragonia tetragonoides - New Zealand spinach has nothing to do with ordinary spinach, a relative of the beetroot.
It is native to the coast of New Zealand in Australia. In terms of chemical composition, New Zealand spinach differs little from ordinary spinach: it contains slightly more water, 1.7% protein, 0.4% sugar, 40 mg% vitamin C, 2.3 mg% carotene and 0.16 mg% nicotinic acid. In its old leaves, up to 240 mg% of oxalic acid accumulates. For food, shoots 8 cm long with fleshy leaves are used fresh and boiled, for green cabbage soup, side dishes and mashed potatoes. New Zealand spinach can be canned.
This spinach has anti-scurvy properties, which were discovered by Captain Cook's companions during the second voyage around the world: it was the use of the leaves of this plant that saved them from scurvy.
It is also used in dietary nutrition. Along with many substances valuable for the body, the leaves of this plant contain secretin, which has a beneficial effect on the stomach and pancreas. New Zealand spinach should be eaten immediately after harvest or frozen.