Spinach Bloomsdale

Be strong to the finish and eat your spinach! If you haven’t grown spinach before, the freshness and quality of homegrown will win you over. Bloomsdale is an old, dependable, open pollinated variety. Very nutritious – lots of vitamins A & C, and iron. A good container veggie.This heirloom spinach is an old favorite among gardeners. It has very dark green glossy savoy-type curled leaves. Bloomsdale also has excellent flavor, is bolt resistant, and is easy to grow. Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse that is delicious fresh or steamed! In the 1930's, the spinach industry credited the cartoon character Popeye for a 33% increase in national spinach consumption. Today, we don't need a beefy sailor to sell us on its benefits! A low calorie nutritional powerhouse, spinach is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Iron, Calcium, antioxidants, fiber, and many other nutrients. We love to eat it steamed with nutmeg or raw in salads, but you can also eat it sauteed with pastas, omelettes, and in dozens of other dishes. Its uses in the kitchen are nearly limitless!

When to plant outside: RECOMMENDED: Early spring, 4-6 weeks before average last frost, or when soil temperatures reach 35 degrees or higher. Successive plantings thereafter every 3 weeks until 4 weeks before the first fall frost (skip very hot summers). Mulched, Bloomsdale spinach can overwinter in sub-zero temperatures.

When to start inside: Not recommended.

Special Sowing & Germination Instructions: When thinning spinach, use thinnings in salads. It can be planted in rows, but group plantings take less space. Plants should be thinned to 5"-6" in each direction. If direct seeding outside in late summer for a fall crop, remember that spinach seeds does not come up well in heat. Cover the seeded area with boards to keep the soil cool for a few days until seed comes up or overseed (seed at a rate higher than the recommended 1 seed per inch).

Harvesting Pick individual outer leaves as they become big enough. To use the whole plant, cut it 1" above the base and new leaves will grow. Harvest all leaves before the plant sends up a seed stalk.