Spinach tolerates partial shade and requires well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter. Spinach does not like acid soil.
Spinach is the star of baked spinach balls.
Spinach does best when the soil is kept uniformly moist. Try not to splash muddy water on the leaves, which will make the spinach difficult to clean after harvesting. Mulch to retain moisture and avoid getting soil on the leaves.
The time from planting to harvest is 40 to 45 days. To harvest, either pick the out-side leaves periodically or pull up the entire plant.
Types of Spinach
- Melody Hybrid, harvest at 42 days, is an All America Selection that gives semierect plants with dark green leaves.
- Bloomsdale Long-Standing, harvest at 48 days, produces thick-textured, crinkled, dark green leaves.
- Renegade, harvest at 30 days, matures early and is compact and mildew resistant.
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