Spinach - Spinacia oleracea

Growing spinach can be a challenge. Just when it is warm enough for the seeds to germinate it seems it is too warm for the plant to be happy and it bolts. The secret seems to be to have really really great soil, and that is what we seem to have here at Healthy Harvest. We planted some spinach in the greenhouse in February. It was slow to germinate, and I almost lost hope for it. Suddenly little green leaves came popping out of the ground. Then we waited. The weather got cold again. The spinach just sat there. Finally we had some mild days and the spinach started to grow. Every day it seems to get bigger. I keep threatening to take a picture in the morning and then again in the afternoon to prove how much it has grown, but I keep forgetting to, either in the morning, or on my way out the door. We have planted a few different kinds of spinach, and I think this one in the picture is Skookum but the tag got lost!
It is important to give spinach lots of room, and always keep the soil moist. If the spinach plant gets stressed at all it will bolt, and become bitterly inedible. Mulch helps keep down weeds as well as keep moisture in the soil. Spinach likes to send it’s tap root deep, so make sure you give it lots of room in the root zone as well. My favorite recipe for Spinach is Spinach Pie. Click on the spinach picture for the recipe.

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Spinach – Spinacia oleracea

Greens, greens, greens

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We started planting seeds in February, but a lot of them got frozen in a late freeze.  Despite that semi-tragic event we seem to be filling the greenhouse up with greens.  Kale and Brussell Sprouts that overwintered, as well as a few Grand Rapids and Cimaron lettuce, really burst into their own with the arrival of spring.  We have baby arugula, lettuce, spinach and mizuna, both green and red, everywhere.  What an exciting time in the greenhouse!