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Malabar spinach for hot weather

Edible plant spotlight: Like fresh spinach, but don't like how it bolts and gives up in hot weather? Plant Malabar spinach instead. It likes to climb or form vines, loves sun and warmth, and tastes similar to fresh spinach. Grows robust shiny leaves, not limp like regular spinach leaves. I planted some from seed here in Seattle, and it didn't even sprout until the heat got going later in summer--which is exactly when most salad greens give up for the season. It's been quite happy since then, and is a welcome addition to our salads.

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