spinach gone to seed

I planted spinach from seed 3-4 weeks ago. I live in NE Kansas. I fertilized it and water it daily. The spinach is now about 15 inches tall and has big, flavorful leaves. The problem is that it appears to be flowering (it now has white seedy looking flowers). Is it still good to eat and keep growing? Should I pull it and start over? Is there a way to keep this from happening?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

"Spinach is a cool season crop that readily goes to seed in warm weather and as days lengthen. It's best grown as an early spring or fall crop. It's still OK to use the leaves on plants that have gone to seed, but they usually don't remain productive for very long once they start seeding.
Variety selection plays a role, too. In my own garden, Oriental Giant is going to see right now while right next to it, Tyee and Melody are not."


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