Avg seeds/pkt 150
Bloomsdale spinach: this earliest of garden greens gives me the strength to go out and plant everything else. Spinach is a cool weather crop, so as soon as soil can be worked, sow seeds 1/2 inch deep and 2 inches apart in well-drained soil rich in organic matter, in a sunny location. Water carefully so seeds aren’t washed away. Seedlings emerge in 7 to 14 days.
When leaves are 2 inches long, plants can be thinned to every 6 inches. Mulch well to keep the soil moist and cool, and to prevent it from splashing up onto leaves. You can avoid disturbing its shallow roots by using a liquid fertilizer according to directions on the label.Note that although soil needs to be just a few degrees above freezing for spinach to germinate, it goes much faster just 10 or 20°F warmer. Stop seeding before daytime temperatures average 65°F, and resume in late summer for a fall crop.
“Baby” Bloomsdale spinach leaves can be harvested in 30 days, and the larger, crinkled leaves can be cut when they reach a desired size. Very large plants should be cut if they send up flower stalks, most common when temperatures start to average 75°F.
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