- Jun 30, 2017
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- Rotterdam, Holland
We liked the taste of spreen just fine, but as it grows to 2 meters tall and then sheds a ton of tiny seeds... all you get next year is spreen, not too great. I've grown it afterwards but took care in the season it bloomed to cut it back.@thejenx , 'Panda did mention strawberry spinach so she must be interested in self-sowing green vegetables.
I have to say that NZ spinach is really not to my liking ... Dad planted some and they nearly took over his garden. None of us cared about the flavor.
Your experience with spreen sounds as though it went unappreciated. I had a variety of orache growing as volunteers in one garden for what must have been well over 10 years. I was very, very happy with it. Now, I no longer have that garden and didn't think to save the seed my final year.
Growing seed from Baker Creek didn't produce plants quite what I had all those years. Last year, I tried a mix to see if the valued one was in there. It was a near disaster! The mix had plants that were huge -- nowhere near the polite variety that I had. Of course, I have forgotten what was on that long-ago seed packet and where it came from ...
I did some more reading about that spinach relative. Orache or Mountain Spinach is native to North America but there are several species. I'm not sure that I can even sort them out! For sure, I don't want a spreen or orache that takes over a bed as it quickly grows beyond any tender youthfulness! I've been trying to find some lambsquarters at an appropriate stage. I'd be happy to have even one or two servings of them in the near future.
We do like out NZ spinach and I don't mind that it grows big. I love that it doesn't need much water with the dry summers we've been having.