Saturday, March 2, 2013

Olympia Hybrid Spinach

With my experience so far, its a very small and compact plant. For the amount of spinach I can fit in my bins, I can get a lot of leaves. With a market price of spinach being anywhere between $3/lb and $7/lb, growing my own is an attractive option. Plus, it grows fast (~45 days) and I can sow all year long (except for maybe summer, its too hot). The only issues I've had so far is the lack of full sun, resulting in smaller, more spread leaves and the plants bolting too early. I'm growing a second crop for spring in some re-purposed desk drawers.

Harvested Spinach

Annual or Perennial?: Annual
Germination time: 5-12 days
Days until maturity: 50 days
Light requirements: Full sun (6+ hrs) to Partial Shade (4-6 hrs) (The more sun, the better)
Plant size: Small
Spacing: 3 inches
Temperature: Cool climate. Winter crop in warmer areas
Difficulty: Easy
Traits:
Companion Plants: Beans, peas; both fix nitrogen in the soil for the spinach. They also provide shade in warmer months.
Special needs: None

When to plant: Grow spinach as a fall through spring crop in warmer areas. The summer heat will cause this variety to bolt quickly.

How to grow: Plant seeds in soil at 3 inches apart. For containers, make sure the container is at least 4 inches deep. Give about a cubic inch of water every week. Spinach are nitrogen consumers, so apply fertilizer high in nitrogen once in a while

How to harvest: Snip leaves as they are bigger in size. Rinse leaves in water before using. Since the plant is a hybrid, do not bother trying to collect seed as plants begin to bolt.

Photos:
Spinach Seeds
Seeds
Spinach Germination
Seedlings
Spinach Near Harvest time
Closer to harvest
Spinach Ready to Harvest
Harvest time



Harvested Olympia Spinach
Harvested Leaves


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