Spinach Matador (Gusto Italia) - McKenzie Seeds
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- 45 days to harvest
- One of the best tasting spinaches.
- 7 to 21 days of germination
- Perfect to add to a salad mix.
Smooth deep-green leaves are perfect for salad mix or young spinach greens. Very flavorful and tender. The perfect spinach selection! Requires plenty of moisture.
3g. (Approx. 260-280 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")
Planting 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.
Planting Instructions: Sow outdoors as soon as ground can be worked.
Spinach is a cool weather crop that likes well drained, moisture retaining soil. Plant in full sun. Plants do best in rich soil.
Sow seeds 13 mm (1/2″) deep and 2.5 cm (1″) apart. Plants should be spaced 25 cm (10″) apart with rows spaced 40 cm (16″) apart.
Seeds germinate in approximately 7-21 days.
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 knew, 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 up to 4 days.
Companion Planting: Celery, cauliflower, eggplant
How to Freeze Spinach
Frozen spinach is an excellent to have available for lasagna and other favorite 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 stock pot and fill with water to just below the basket.
- Bring water to 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 desired amount.
- Label, Date and Freeze.
- Freezer spinach will last up to one year.