Spinach Long Standing Bloomdale - 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
Long Standing Bloomsdale spinach is a very popular variety that produces for a long time. The glossy, dark green leaves are rich in iron. The crinkled leaves have a very enjoyable thick texture. This cool weather vegetable is slow to bolt and easy to grow in rich, well-drained soil.
4g. (Approx. 360-380 seeds)
Sow in rows directly outdoors as soon as the ground can be worked. Place one seed every 2 inches and cover with soil. When plants are 3 inches tall, thin to 6 inches apart. Use the tender thinnings in salads. Harvest before flower stalks form. 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.
Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
Seed Spacing: 2.5 cm (1")
Planting Spacing: 25 cm (10")
Row Spacing: 40 cm (16")
Best growth occurs in spring and fall, and be sure to do a second sowing in late summer for a fall crop.
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.
Planting Instructions: Sow outdoors as soon as the 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 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.