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For the Love of Popeye

October 7th, 2008

My spinach seeds germinated wonderfully. I’m guessing I had about a 90% germination rate, which is great. When the plants grow a little bigger, I’ll use the thinnings as baby spinach – yum yum.

Hopefully these will mean delicious spinach salads late into fall and if I mulch it well, we’ll be able to eat spinach very early next spring. I’ll keep you posted.

Anyone else growing winter greens?

Planting Spinach

September 25th, 2008

Last night I planted some spinach in my new raised bed (which is already half full of red cabbage, kale & mache).

I didn’t have much luck last time I tried to start spinach so I used a different technique this time. I started with furrows made every 4 inches, then I dropped seeds every 2 inches into them (I had trouble with germination last time, so hopefully I’ll get a 50% rate then they’ll be nicely spaced).

Then I covered them with about 1/2″ of sifted compost (it’s supposed to help with dampening off & other problems). It made these lovely lines in the soil.

Then I watered well and I’m hoping for the best. I’m going to use a floating row cover and lots of straw to overwinter this spinach. This will give me an early crop of spinach next spring (at least that’s what all the books say, I’ve never done it before).

By the time I was finished it was getting dark, good thing we have a big security light to garden by. Anyone else had luck overwintering spinach?


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.