Growing Information and Photos
These photos are all courtesy of Mensa Gardening SIG members. These Spinach grow in Massachusetts. Enjoy!
I grow the Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach in New England. I pre-planted the seeds in March and put them out in early May. The seeds take 10 days to germinate, you harvest in 45 days. Plant the plants 6" apart.
You want to harvest the spinach before you get the full flower stalk. Your aim is the leaves of the plant, not the flower! When you see the flower stalk forming and the leaves are around 8" long, chop the entire plant off at soil level. You should be able to get 2 harvests of Spinach in if you start the first batch early enough.
Note that we let ours go for WAY too long, but we were happy to just keep eating the leaves as they grew :) Also note that even as we were thinning the initial tiny growth, they were quite tasty sprinkled over salads.
Mar 29 (left two)
Mar 30 (left two)
Apr 02 (left two, in need of thinning)
Apr 08 (the ones in the circle pots)
The next three are from April 29th
May 29 (in the back, behind the squash)
June 30 (way out of control)
In 2007 I tried the Baby's Leaf Hybrid. You cover the seeds with 1/2" of soil and get seedlings in 1-3 weeks, depending on your weather. These take about 30 days to reach a useable size, from seed.
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