Spinach

DAY 1 – This year we have targeted three large leaf spinach. With over 450 seeds sown, we are hoping to have a good harvest.

  • Spinach – Bloomsdale long standing (40 – 60 days).
  • Spinach – Nobel Giant (43 days).
  • Spinach – Monstrueux De Viroflay (28 – 50 days).

Local Spinach

DAY 6 – Update April 8 2014:  No germination from any of the three spinach varieties that were sown.

DAY 9 – Update April 11 2014: Bloomsdale are showing a small sign of germination. With maybe 10 germinations.  Neither the Nobel Giant or Monstrueux De Viroflay spinach has germinated.

DAY 33 – Update May 5 2014: Nobel Giant spinach fly into first place with hundreds of buttery spinach starts.  While the Monstrueux De Viroflay spinach may do best to be reseeded. The two spinach bed photo is a perfect example of why you want to seed heavy and thin when needed. Not all seeds will germinate.

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Bloomsdale Long Standing spinach had a good germination rate.

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DAY 61 – Update June 2 2014: . The first heavy day of spinach harvesting.

The Monstrueux De Viroflay Spinach (Monster) are an awesome 10 – 12″ soft buttery leaf. Our germination rate for the this Monster Spinach was 1/10. The germination rate is considerable low.

Vivian juices Soapbox Farm spinach.

The Nobel Giant Spinach had a much higher germination rate. The extra plants were thinned and sold for juicing. We plan to hold off sowing any more Nobel  Giant Spinach until late fall, as this variety prefers cold temperatures.

Most all of the Bloomsdale Long Standing has bloated. The seeding may have been too heavy. Will retry sowing more seeds in the fall.

DAY 68 – Update June 9 2014: 

Nobel Giant “Using bowl of greens as my bouquet, just wonderful” – Vivian

  1. Monstrueux De Viroflay – awesome for warm growing.
  2. Bloomsdale long standing – bloated
  3. Nobel Giant – may do better in winter.