¼ to ½ in
Part Shade/Full Sun
Traditional crop in Europe for generations. This type was grown by Thos. Jefferson in the early Nineteenth Century. In 1806, Bernard McMahon of Philadelphia said it was "the hardiest kind," and that may well be true to this day. Leaves are more pointed and arrow-shaped than the common type. The sturdy plants yield over a long season, producing flat, tender, medium-green leaves with red-tinged stalks. Slower to bolt than ordinary spinach. Traditionally sown in late-summer or early fall for harvest through autumn and into winter.
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One of the hardiest vegetables, spinach is grown as a spring or an autumn crop, but quickly runs to seed in the long, hot days of summer. Sow in spring several weeks before last frost date; in autumn, sow right up to first frost. Seed is planted up to one-half inch deep; allow 3-6 inches between plants. The plant needs very rich, moist soil to thrive. Harvest often to keep the plants producing..
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