Seeds - Spinach, Abundant Bloomsdale OG
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Description: Delicious glossy, dark green leaves with the most savoyed texture we’ve seen! Thick, sweet-tasting leaves with a rounded shape and juicy, succulent texture. Slow growing with very large, upright leaves in the mild Pacific Northwest and slightly more compact habit in our Northeast trials. Started at the Abundant Life Seed Foundation in 2002; breeding finished by a team of organic farmers with support from Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and released under the Open Source Seed Initiative. A portion of sales from this variety supports OSA's breeding program.
Open Source Seed
Ideal for full-sized leaves
Pack Size: 1/4 ounce
Latin Name: Spinacia oleracea
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 45 days
Exposure: Full sun
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 7 - 14 days in soil 4° C or warmer.
Sowing: Indoors start lettuce transplants 3- 4 weeks before last frost date. Sow 5 - 8 seeds per cell or plug. Harden-off seedlings by reducing water and temperature. For best results, fertilize right from first watering with a kelp based fertilizer such as Sea Magic™.
Sowing Outdoors: Sow outdoors in late May or early June, or once the soil has warmed to 4° C and there is no chance of frost. Sow thinly 1/2 and 1" apart.
Planting depth: Cover with a dusting of soil. Lightly press into the planting medium to ensure good soil contact. Water the seeds gently with a fine spray. Keep the soil evenly watered until the seedlings emerge, which should be about 7 - 14 days.
Planting Out: Plant in well-drained fertile soil (garden or container) once seedlings are established and risk of frost has passed. For a continuous harvest, sow lettuce every 3 weeks. If you have limited garden space, Spinach can be easily cultivated in a container/barrel.
Notes: Spinach is extremely hardy and tolerant of cold weather. Spinach is not drought or heat tolerant. Spinach will bolt in hot weather.
Harvesting: Harvest leaves at any stage from baby to full size. Once Spinach starts to bolt it is no longer tasty.
Growing in Containers: Grows very well in larger containers and raised beds.
Fertilizing (Containers): Add up to 25% quality compost to your potting mix. This plant loves a higher nitrogen fertilizer - diluted fish fertilizer is an excellent organic choice, applied weekly.
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Well suited for larger mixed planters. Think square foot gardening!
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed recently amended with quality compost. Feed weekly with a higher nitrogen organic fertilizer.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
- Companion Plants: Corn, Onions and Tomatoes provide shade for Spinach. Strawberry, Celery, Cauliflower (and Brassicas), Eggplant, Leeks, Lettuce, Peas and Radish are all compatible neighbours.
- Avoid: planting Spinach near Potatoes.
Pest/Disease Issues: Plant radishes near your spinach as leaf-miners (a common problem on spinach) prefer radish leaves over spinach.
Suitability for Indoors: Not well suited for indoors, as cool conditions are required.