What is New Zealand spinach

New Zealand spinach or "summer spinach" belongs to a different plant family than regular spinach. Seed indoors around April 1 for transplanting around May 20, or seed outdoors around June 1 when the soil is warm. Space plants 10 to 12 inches apart.

Harvest New Zealand spinach as soon as a few leaves are full size and the plants begin to spread. Pick the larger leaves or pinch off the stem tips with 3 to 4 leaves. The leaf axils produce flowers and seeds in back of the stem tips throughout the season. You can save mature seeds for planting the following season.

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