Organic Spinach Long Standing Bloomsdale - McKenzie Seeds
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- Healthy earthy taste
- 40 to 48 days to harvest
- 7 to 21 days to germination
- Companion Planting: Celery, cauliflower, eggplant
Very popular variety that produces for a long time. Glossy, dark green, thick textured, crinkled leaves are rich in Iron. Sow to bolt and go to seed. This cool weather vegetable is easy to grow in rich, well-drained soil. Best growth occurs in spring and fall SO be sure to do a second sowing in late summer for a fall crop. Requires plenty of moisture.
4g. (Approx. 350-375 seeds)
Plant directly in the garden as soon as ground can be worked and danger of frost has passed. Repeat plantings every two weeks to extend the harvest season of fresh spinach. Best growth occurs in spring and fall, and be sure to do a second sowing in late summer for a fall crop.
Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
Seed Spacing: 2.5 cm (1")
Plantling Spacing: 25 cm (10")
Row Spacing: 40 cm (16")
Harvest entire plants at the soil line when outer leaves are 6 inches long. Or, just cut away outer leaves as needed for a continuous crop until hot weather. Sow again in the late summer.
Preparation Ideas: Avoid over cooking spinach as their taste can become bitter. Remove from heat as soon as leaves begin to wilt. Add flavoring such as freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Long, hot summer days can cause spinach to bolt.
Plant seeds in individual rows or sow in a wider section like a 30 cm (1’) band. This works well in small or square foot gardening spaces.
If limited on space or want to try something new, mix different greens together to make your own salad bed.
Spinach does very well in a container.
Do not allow plants to dry out – be sure to water during dry spells.
Rapid changes in temperature and moisture levels can cause spinach to become bitter.
Harvest and Storage
Whole plants can be harvested by cutting them off just above the soil level or baby leaves can be picked throughout the growing season as needed.
Wash well before using.
Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Companion Planting: Celery, cauliflower, eggplant
How to Freeze Spinach
Frozen spinach is excellent to have available for lasagna and other favourite dishes. Make sure you have a lot available as once spinach is steamed it is significantly reduced in size.
- Wash spinach
- Place a steamer basket in a large stockpot and fill it with water just below the basket.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add spinach to the pot and cover. Steam for approximately 1 minute until the spinach wilts.
- Remove steamed spinach from the pot and set out to cool in a colander.
- Once the spinach is cool enough to handle fill freezer bags with the desired amount.
- Label, Date and Freeze.
- Freezer spinach will last up to one year.