The Fall Harvest Of Perpetual Spinach

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Bob Bauer
August 13, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 2 minutes

August 13, 2018

The Fall harvest of perpetual spinach in the greenhouse is underway. They are extremely small leaves on long stalks so picking takes both hands and an eternity. By comparison four ears of corn, some zucchini, beans and beets take under five minutes so we have full plates sans spinach. The Swiss chard is getting ignored too.

There are lots of leaves and very few leaf miner maggots so picking would be a snap. It's probably not as tasty now as it is in the spring time, but we may never know.

August 14, 2018

I found a cucumber plant growing in one of my weed patches. It was big enough to have cucumbers on it. That may be an indication that I have a weed problem. I've had tomato volunteers every year, and I've got kale coming up along the pathway from where they went to seed, to the garden gate where I hauled them out, but volunteer cucumbers are a first. They are right where the cucumbers were planted last year so my clean up must have been remiss.

It's funny how some plants will drop a mess of seeds in one spot and expect survival of the fittest, and others, like dandelions, will launch their seeds on parachutes to travel as far away as possible. Some plants make burrs that travel by animals fur, carrying their seeds extensive distances. Others, like poppies, have seed pods that pop, and shoot the seeds in your eye. Snap dragons just dribble them on the ground all summer long.

August 15, 2018

My garden journal has lettuce and spinach written in it for this week. That means it's time to direct seed them for a fall harvest. I also have spinach written down on August 2nd. I've collected a diverse body of opinion that I treat as the gospel. Just when the gardening season is at its peak, the fall garden kicks into full swing. I transplanted broccoli out of its original row into a row right next to it, and I call it a patch. Putting the orbital sprinkler on a double row is easier for me than watering individual rows with my water wand.

The cabbage starts will have to go into the finished cantaloupe and watermelon mounds that are the only open spaces I have available. The melons have been plentiful this year. They liked our heat wave. I get watermelon at breakfast, cantaloupe at lunch, and honeydew for desert. I'll eat as many tomatoes as I can but you know what they say. " Too much of a good thing".

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