New Zealand Spinach
- Hi Greg and Griselda
In Bermuda, New Zealand Spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides, to some)
comes back perennially after dying off right down to the ground. It
grows enthusiastically as a spreading, mounding ground cover for much
of the year - partial shade is useful in the height of summer, and it
isn't frost hardy.
I have patches growing both south-facing in a no-dig bed and
east-facing against a wall in a standard garden bed.
Check out the wikipedia site on Tetragonia tetragonioides for a few photos..
This page is interesting, too (
), although they contradict themselves by saying to plant for part
shade in summer but not to plant in the shade of a taller plant. I
say just compost and mulch it - that will keep it moist long enough to
get established; after that they're pretty hardy.
"What does it say about a culture that has fewer farmers than prisoners?"
- Joel Salatin