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( New Zealand Spinach )
|There are 2 kinds of spinach: the common, most familiar kind which is a hardy annual, and the lesser known New Zealand spinach, which is a tender annual (and really not a true spinach). Spinach leaves may be crinkled as with the savoy leaf, or flat. When cooked, only the most experienced palate can distinguish true spinach from New Zealand spinach. Spinach thrives in cold weather as warm weather causes it to bolt. Ideal temperature is between 50 and 60 degrees F, it is traditionally a winter crop in the South and an early spring or late summer crop elsewhere. Traditionally spinach is planted about 4 weeks before the date of your average last frost. New Zealand spinach prefers warm days where temperatures are between 60 and 75 degrees F and does not begin to grow until the soil warms up. Because the season is short, (only 60 days) it can be grown just about anywhere.Both types of spinach are grown from seed clusters that each produce several seedlings, so thin when they appear. Tolerate of partial shade, the soil must be rich and well drained. Spinach does not do well in acid soil. Be sure to keep weeds at bay, as spinach does not do well in competition with them. Spinach is usually ready for harvest about 40 to 50 days after planting.
Important Info : Spinach thrives in rich, moist ground. Add
plenty of organic matter to soil prior to planting.
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