24 March 2012, by gj
Spinach is a quick growing veggie that prefers cooler temperatures.
Here in Zone 5/6 we plant it in very early spring and again later in the summer and into fall.
This year I decided to try a few different kinds of spinach to see what does best with whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at us.
The Tyee, for example, is reputed to be slower to bolt than many other types.
It has been unseasonably warm all winter, but the cooler- more normal- temperatures are returning and I’m hoping all will go well for my early veggies.
You can plant spinach in neat rows and mulch, but I usually just scatter the seeds and cover with a little soil (about 1/2 inch) and make rows later by picking and eating the baby plants.
After just a few weeks (3-6, depending on type) your spinach will be coming along nicely.
Harvest at any stage but before they ‘bolt’ or go to seed- as then the spinach will become bitter.
Mandolin loves baby spinach, so we usually pick a few small leaves at a time from a number of plants.
Botanical Name: Spinacia oleracea
Yield: One plant per seed, with a continuous harvest period.
Storage: Fresh, Frozen or Pressure Canned
For those in warmer climates, consider growing New Zealand Spinach or Swiss Chard instead as these can take the heat.