Be strong to the finish and eat your spinach! If you haven't grown spinach before, the freshness and quality of homegrown will win you over. 'Bloomsdale' is an early 1800's, dependable, open-pollinated variety. Very nutritious—lots of vitamins A and C and iron. A good container veggie.
• Botanical Name: Spinacia oleracea
• Days to Maturity: 28–45 days
• Family: Organic, Heirloom
• Native: Amaranthaceae
• Hardiness: Southwest Asia
• Plant Dimensions: 6"–8" tall
• Variety Information: Very dark green, thick, curled leaves. 'Bloomsdale' was introduced in the early 1800s. It is a vigorous grower, slow to bolt, and has tender, rich-flavored leaves.
• Attributes: Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is above 40ºF; ideally 50°–75°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 weeks before your average first fall frost date. If mulched, spinach can overwinter in sub–zero temperatures. Soil temperatures above 85ºF halt germination.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to disturbance.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: ½"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6"
• Row Spacing: 12"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 6"
• Harvesting: Pick individual leaves from outer edges of plant as they become big enough to use or cut the whole plant 1" above the ground; new leaves will be produced. When picking individual leaves, also removing the leaf stem at the same time is best; this reduces vulnerability to disease during die-back and conserves plant energy. Harvest before the plant sends up a flower stalk (bolting). Just prior to bolting, leaves take on an "arrowhead" shape, adding small keel shapes to the base of the leaf.