Crop Rotation: Related to beets and Swiss chard.

Growing Tips: A fertile soil, plenty of moisture, a neutral pH, and cool temperatures will grow the best crop. Spinach is more resistant to warm weather bolting in heavier than in lighter soils. Storage Tips: Will store for a week in the refrigerator but always best eaten fresh. Variety Tips: ‘Space’ Spinach is a key contributor to the fall, winter, and spring harvest. This hardy green will germinate and grow at temperatures only slightly above freezing. Spinach is at its best when grown in a well-composted soil. The balanced nutrient release from mature compost makes a difference in its flavor and nutritional value. Spinach grown with excessive nitrogen from imbalanced fertilization has a flat, metallic flavor and often has high levels of nitrates. The spinach season begins in the fall. in Zone 5, we start planting between August 1 and 15. The first spinach is ready to harvest in September, and the cool temperatures and short fall days keep it in prime condition until hard freezes. We continue planting for continuous harvest according to the schedule in table 15. Spinach.

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Spinacia oleracea

Planting Distance: Rows 8 inches apart; seeds 1 inch apart; thin to 4 inches.

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Spinach Planting Dates
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September 15 September 25

October 1 October 15 January 15 to March 1 April 15

For late-fall eating. Outdoors For wintering over, cover with straw in late november. Cold frame For wintering over. Under double For winter coverage consumption. Under double For an early coverage spring crop. Outdoors For an outdoor crop.

Cold frame

Since young spinach thinnings are a delicious addition to green salad mixtures, we sow the seeds 1 inch apart in rows 8 inches apart and get many salad servings by progressive thinning before the leaves reach cooking size. during the dog days of summer when spinach goes to seed quickly (especially in our sandy soil), we plan to enjoy other greens until the fall crop begins. Some of those other greens have “spinach” in their names, even though they are not related. new Zealand spinach (Tetragonia expansa) and Malabar spinach (Basella alba) are excellent warm-weather vegetables for those who wish a spinach-type leafy green. even in cool climates you can grow them on trellises in the tunnel during the summer, since they are vinelike and appreciate the extra heat.

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