Species: Spinacia oleracea
Difficulty: easy to grow
Sun: full sun/partial shade
Moisture: evenly moist
Sowing Method: direct seed or transplant
Planting: spring/summer/fall planted
Frost Tolerance: frost tolerant, winter hardy
Qualities: open-pollinated, non-hybrid, salad
Spinach is a versatile, very nutritious leafy green which probably originated in central and southeastern Asia and spread to the Middle East where it was grown extensively, despite its preference for cool weather. It can be used in casseroles and egg dishes, eaten as a side dish, or eaten raw in salads. Nutrients: vitamins A, E, K, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
Growing: A very frost tolerant biennial that is easy to grow by direct seed or transplant from early spring through late summer and into the fall. Planted in the full sun or part shade. Spinach will survive all but the coldest northern winters without protection, affording an early spring harvest before bolting to seed. Plant Seeds: 1/2" deep with 1" between seeds, in rows 10" apart. Or, plant in containers 2 weeks before transplanting. Soil Temp: 45-65?F. Days to Emergence: 6-21. Thin To/Mature Plant Spacing: 4". Seeds/Oz: 1400-2600. Seed Wt./100' Row: 1/2oz. Average Yield/100' Row: 40lbs. Days to Harvest: 30-50. Seed Viability: 3-4 years. Companions: Brassicas, Celery, Legumes, Lettuce, Radish, Strawberries.