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Marie Iannotti

Did You Plant Your Spinach?

By December 27, 2012

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I never got my spinach seeds sown this past fall. Usually I try to start seeds in the garden in the fall so that the plants will resume growing early in the spring. Oh, well. Now that it has finally turned cold, I think I'll get started on some winter sowing. There are several vegetables and flowers that can be sown this way and spinach seems like a good candidate. I know it will grow pretty fast, even if I wait to plant until spring. But I'm impatient and even a few days earlier is a treat for me. What better way to start them new year than to start my new garden?

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December 27, 2011 at 10:10 am
(1) dot says:

i didnt know you sowed spinach in the fall/winter months! but its raining, been raining for months it seems, and if i tried to sow seeds now id be ankle deep in mud, lol! so i guess its spring sowing for us. thanks for the info.

December 27, 2011 at 10:32 am
(2) Dave says:

I plant mine in September and pick once or twice, then cover them with leaves untill the end of Febuary. Several warm days in March and your’re eating fresh spinach.

December 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm
(3) El says:

I sowed my spinach indoors in spring (Coastal Virginia, Zone 8) on the advice of the local nursery and it was a disaster. (And by spring, I mean February, a very early spring, followed by a brief cold snap, and then extreme summer temps.) The poor spinach had trouble germinating (only about 1% of my seeds germinated!) and then, in it’s weak state, just shriveled in the ground. I wonder if I sow them now (early January) if they might survive. Unfortunately, my beds are in no condition for sowing anything. Would they be too cold if I started in seedling pots? If so, is there any way to insulate them? We’re having a warm winter, only one frost so far, back in November.

December 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(4) El says:

haha, the smiley face was supposed to be an 8. I guess the parenthesis combined with the 8 is code for cool sunglasses face.

December 31, 2012 at 9:28 am
(5) gardening says:

I wish I gardened in a smiley face zone.

You have just the opposite problem of us frozen gardeners. I think the cool season veggies are much harder to time than the heat lovers. Sometimes you just have to take your chances. But even with a warmish winter, your spinach would be more successful outside, than trying to start it at room temperature.

I don’t know how to insulate it from heat, other than keeping it shaded and well watered. I’ve known people who had some luck watering plants with ice cubes. They scatter them on the soil and let it slowly melt. It keeps the soil a little cooler and moist.

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