I Am What I Am…Spinach Mix


I Am What I Am…Spinach Mix


How much diversity is there in spinach?  You tell us.  We offer this mix of ten varieties which may look more or less the same.  They all have dark green leaves, some less crumpled than others; plants are compact rosettes of leaves that may be more or less erect.  Growers select for many subtleties, such as bolt resistance and frost tolerance.  Some are better for spring, others for fall or wintering over.  Some cope with summer weather more than others.  There are even selections that are milder and contain less oxalics.  One of the projects on the farm is to select the perfect performer for this Long Island region with the best last.  It starts by growing a mix like this.
40-60 days                  

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Packet will plant 10 ft row (200 seeds)

Spinach grows best in cool weather, spring and fall sowings are best.  A late August sowing for harvest in October or November is ideal.  If the soil is fertile and moist, it is a rapid growing crop ready in 45 days or so.  Harvest plants as they begin to compete for space with their neighbors and that way you can have several pickings for a small family.  In mid June to mid July you will find that Spinach is bitter and bolts into a seed crop which makes it unusable for the table.

Sow spinach seed 1/2 inch deep and 2-3 seeds per inch and eventually the last plants will be 5-6 inches apart in the row.  Germination can be erratic especially if the soil dries before the seeds sprout and soil temperatures are too warm.  In cooler soils, germination can be slow.  Spinach can tolerate some shading especially for late summer plantings.

As a salad, steamed, in soup and stir fry are some of the many ways that you can enjoy your harvest.

For a seed crop, fall or spring planted spinach will always bolt into seed when the days grow long and by the end of June you will find that the female plants (spinach is dioecious) are full of seed and when the plant dries in the field the spinach seed can be harvested.