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Kale, Beets, or Chard Instead of Spinach

Updated on June 29, 2016

Kale,Beets and Beet Greens,Chard


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Storing spinach in a sealed container with paper towels between the layers, will keep it for up to 2 weeks.
Storing spinach in a sealed container with paper towels between the layers, will keep it for up to 2 weeks. | Source


Growing spinach can be tricky. If you plant spinach plants too close together it bolts(grows fast) and goes to seed before you get the leaves from it. Spinach doesn't like to be transplanted so starting plants from seeds in your home doesn't work. You can start planting Spinach seeds direct to your garden furrows,in fifty degree weather. It loves the cold.

TIP: If you hoe you garden furrows in the fall, they will be ready to plant in the spring when the frost leaves.

Spinach needs to be planted from seeds directly into your garden into shallow furrows, a half inch deep and twelve inches apart for it to mature properly. It doesn't like heat so spinach needs to be shaded with a canopy of shade cloth. This is a netting that allows the sun to perforate threw and water to enter into from the top to your spinach plants.

Spinach is a good source of Vitamin K and A with magnesium and calcium. It is a versatile green to eat raw or cooked. Spinach is one of a very few vegetables that is as nutritious cooked as it is raw, tossed in a salad with oil,vinegar.

Curly Kale

Curly Kale is pictured on the left of this photo.
Curly Kale is pictured on the left of this photo. | Source

Curly Kale

Kale is a crunchy hearty green that can be planted in the fall when your other vegetables are done. It is a cool season crop.

You sow seeds four to five weeks before the first frost so the warm soil will generate the seeds. Plant the seeds 1/4 inch deep and twelve to eighteen inches apart in rows two feet apart.

Kale is a more heartier green to grow than spinach. You don't have to shield it from the sun and the first frost makes it taste sweeter.

Curly Kale is the most popular and has a slightly bitter, peppery taste. Kale is a great source of Vitamins A, C and iron.

You can use Curly Kale in cooked soups, stews, and chopped fine and added to your boiling potatoes to be mashed. Add butter/ S/P. A great addition to mashed potatoes.

Curly kale, if you remove the stems and chopped, makes a great salad with your favorite toppings.

Cooking Swiss Chard Stems

Chard Garden Tips

Swiss Chard is the most common grown chard and the stems come in many colors from red to yellow to white, making this chard a rainbow in a bowl.

Red Chard is the fastest growing of the chard. The growing season is from May to August but Chard is also frost hardy. You plant seeds in groups, in sun and space about a foot apart. This will produce more than one plant ,in fact most of the seeds do promote more than one plant.

You harvest the outside leaves before they go brown and new leaves will grow for months.

You can use the whole plant and re-seed every month for new plants. Chard has the same taste and texture as spinach but you get a better harvest from Chard than Spinach with little effort after you plant the seed.

Swiss Chard is full of iron,calcium, vitamin A,C and is know to promote lung health.Swiss Chard is used in salads as a green and it's thick stems can also make delectable side dishes for your dinners.

Roasted Beets

Roasting beets can be done by themselves or pair well with other roasted root vegetables.
Roasting beets can be done by themselves or pair well with other roasted root vegetables. | Source

Beets and Beet Greens Garden Tips

The advantages of growing beets instead of Spinach. When you grow beets for their greens , you get the added bonus of a root vegetable that pairs well roasting it in the oven with other root vegetables.

To grow beets you plant them in shallow furrows of two inches deep and space the seeds two inches apart,in rows a foot apart. The whole beet can be eaten so don't throw away the nutritious beet greens.

You need to harvest the beet before it grows too big and then it becomes woody and not edible. You can see the top of the beet protruding above the ground so you can determine the size of the beet,

TIP: All of the greens, I mention above can have mulch or plastic put down around the plants and between the rows, to help control the weeds. Also, they all need a pesticide soap ( water, lemon dish soap and rubbing alcohol) spayed on the plants to stop aphids from getting to all their wonderful leaves and killing the plants.

Beets and Beet Greens contain Vitamins C,A,K. The vitamin k is important for bone mass and vision health.

Beet greens can be chopped and used in an all healthy greens salad with Chard, and Kale. They can also be boiled for five minutes and eaten with olive oil S/P.

Beets can be boiled, roasted, cooked and pickled. Beet roots can be roasted with the skins on with carrots, turnips,onions and sprinkled with olive oil and thyme in a four hundred degree oven until tender. Peel the beets before serving.

Most greens that we eat give us a powerful boost of nutrients like iron ,calcium and greens also promote lung health. Enjoy your greens for your health.

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