This is a broad category that includes various items with different culture requirements. Check each variety name for when and how it should be planted. This group of vegetables is often overlooked by many. However, most of the members in this classification have very high levels of nutrients and antioxidants and can do wonders for improving one’s diet. When doing work for a graduate class, I discovered an interesting nutritional fact about Malabar Spinach. 1/4 cup of Malabar Spinach leaves has more Vitamin A than 12 pounds of the genetically modified “Golden Rice” that is being promoted as a savior of eyesight for people in “Third World Countries”. Many greens can be juiced together with different fruits to make very healthy and nutritious smoothies. Experiment to find the combinations that best fit your taste buds.
Plant early in the spring and again in mid-August. UPDATED FOR 2020
America - 45 days - All American winner in 1952. Long a favorite. Slow bolting, Bloomsdale type with deep green savoyed leaves. Approximately 90 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $1.75
Bloomsdale Long-Standing- 50 days- Good yields of dark green crumpled leaves. Packet will plant a 25 foot row. Approximately 90 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $1.50
Giant Winter- 45 days- Smooth, semi-savoyed, green leaves, more cold hardiness for late season plantings. Approximately 40 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.25
Nobel - 45 days - large leafed spreading plants, slow to bolt. Approximately 90 seeds/pkt. Pkt $1.75
New Zealand- 75 days- Plant after the soil becomes warm. Do not sow this one early like regular spinach. Not the same species as regular spinach, but does well in hot weather. A packet will plant about a 15 foot row. Approximately 25 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $1.75