Broken Arrow, OK
What are the pros? Very easy
What are the cons? None
If you like spinach you'll love malabar. Easy to start from seed. Transplants extremely well. Grows exceptionally well and loves the heat of summer. The hotter it gets, the better it seems to grow. The more you pick the more it grows. Four vines will keep you in fresh spinach and give you more than you can keep up with in canning, once it gets established. Tastes exactly like real spinach and I prefer it over the real thing any day. Not hardy in areas with cold winters unless you compost and pile on the mulch to keep the roots from freezing. Even then it's hit or miss unless the temps stay above freezing. No sweat however, as each vine will produce hundreds of dark purple (pokelike) berries which can be picked and dried in a few days, then sown again in spring after last frost or started indoors earlier. Easy, easy to grow. Just plant and leave it alone. Needs a trellis or fence to climb, and an arbor would produce even better results.
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