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Spinach

Spinacia oleracea

Growing spinach is one of the most rewarding gardening experiences. Tender young spinach, picked fresh from the garden, has no equal -- certainly not in the supermarket. You might not even recognize homegrown spinach as spinach! Use spinach fresh in salads. As the leaves get larger as the season progresses, cook them lightly by steaming or sauteing just for a moment in olive oil with garlic.

The nutritious leaves of spinach are loaded with iron, calcium, protein, and vitamin A. Plant this cool-season crop in early spring or late summer. Wondernig how to grow spinach? In spring, sow as soon as the soil is workable -- four to six weeks before the last frost date. In late summer sow more spinach for fall harvest or to overwinter in a cold frame.

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Under 6 inches to 3 feet

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3-15 inches wide

how to grow Spinach

more varieties for Spinach

'Bloomsdale Long Standing' spinach
'Bloomsdale Long Standing' spinach
is a classic variety that is quick growing and slow to bolt. It remains a favorite crinkle-leaf type of spinach. Leaves are dense and deep green. 48 days
'Olympia' spinach
'Olympia' spinach
is a smooth-leaf variety that is slow to bolt, disease resistant, and productive. 45 days
'Oriental Giant' spinach
'Oriental Giant' spinach
yields up to three times more foliage than other varieties, mostly because the huge leaves can reach up to 15 inches long. The large, smooth leaves are medium green in color. 35 days
'Space' spinach
'Space' spinach
is a quick-maturing type that reaches full size in just 39 days. It is relatively slow to bolt, and as such, is a good choice for spring, summer, or fall production.
'Tyee' spinach
'Tyee' spinach
has crinkly leaves and is one of the most resistant varieties to bolting and leaf diseases. It matures in 40 days.
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