Winter spinach

This is for spinach you should sow at the end of the season for winter harvest - like the ‘Giant Winter’.
Common name : Winter spinach
Scientific name : Spinacia oleracea d'hiver
Family : Amaranthaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Annual
Easy peasy
Easy peasy
Edible
Edible
Spinach is rich in vitamins and minerals and can be eaten raw or cooked, depending on what you like. They are far better straight from the garden than frozen or in a can (sorry, Popeye!) and they are happiest in partially shaded areas in basic, rich, or slightly clay soil that's cool.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 20 - 30
pH 7 - 8

Identify my winter spinach

Spinach are annuals with thick leaves, alternate, petiolate, sagittate on erect stems. Summer bloom produces greenish flowers.

Sow my winter spinach

Sow in open soil, in a cool, neutral and slightly clayey soil, in half shade, adding - if you have not done it before winter - some green manure during sowing. Sow in shallow furrows, spaced 20 cm apart, to help you to find your seedlings later. Cover with some soil, and water in fine rain.

Mulch my winter spinach

Weed and mulch between rows after thinning, you will avoid watering and weeding.

Water my winter spinach

Water especially after the sowing and during summer. Water twice a week for the first month. Then, you will only need to water during dry periods. Don't tire yourself out. The rest of the time, watering only causes disease!

Weed my winter spinach

Weed from time to time, especially in the beginning, and even more frequently if you didn't mulch!

Thin out my winter spinach

After emergence, thin the plants, leaving only one every 10 centimeters, to facilitate their growth.

Reap my winter spinach

Harvest according to your needs, one to two months after sowing, by cutting the larger leaves at their base. Do not let them produce seed because the leaves would become too tough.

Fertilize my winter spinach

Fertilize your garden as a whole, in November, by a decomposed manure or with compost not necessarily very decomposed. Cover it with a mulch of leaves and wood (not to bring only nitrogen elements that unbalance the soil too much)

Remove my winter spinach

After the harvest, it is not worth the wait: the spinach are annuals, it will have to be sown again next year! You can compost it on the spot!

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