Spinach Seeds

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Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach Seeds Heirloom Vegetable. Since the mid 1920’s, Bloomsdale Long Standing has been the standard Savoy leaved spinach on the market.The richly flavoured leaves are simply superb raw in salads or cooked in a main dish or on their own as a side dish. The glossy, broad, deep green, fleshy leaves are long standing in the sun and heat. Quick growth allows for multiple crops in spring and early summer and often again in late summer and early fall.

New Zealand Spinach Seeds Heirloom Vegetable. This spinach-like plant thrives in hot dry weather. Interestingly, it is a native of Australia and a “non-endemic” wild species in New Zealand. Cultivated in European and North American gardens for about the last 100 years. Our heirloom variety is not significantly different than the wild plant. Small but broad pointed leaves develop on large, spreading plants – tender leafy shoots. Tolerant of salty soils. Due to oxalates in the leaves, we recommend blanching the leaves in hot water for at least a minute followed by a cold water rinsing – discard the cooking water – leaves should not be eaten raw. Tetragonia tetragonioides. Familiar to many gardeners, this is not really a spinach. It provides copious amount of leaves for salads and cooked greens in mid-summer. Once it is established it is vigorous and trouble-free. New Zealand spinach seeds need lots of heat to germinate so start inside or wait until May or June to seed outside. Soak the small, hard seed overnight before planting. The flavour is better if the plants have some shade from the sun. Pick the leaves and young shoots of this trailing plant regularly to lengthen the harvest. New Zealand Spinach is perennial in mild winters. Matures in 55-65 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Olympia Hybrid Spinach Seeds A slow-bolting smooth leaf spinach. These forest green leaves are an excellent source of fibre and vitamins A and C. Rounded leaves are heavy but tender and succulent. Tolerates cool to hot weather conditions and has excellent resistance to Downey Mildew races 1-3. Excellent for home or commercial production.

Perpetual Spinach Swiss Chard Seeds Heirloom Vegetable. While this plant is a member of the chard family, it actually tastes and looks more like a spinach. And it lives up to its name. Why you ask? Simply put it is very longstanding in the garden and rarely bolts to seed through the growing season. When planted early it will provide tasty, succulent greens from late spring right through the summer and into the fall. Prolific and very hardy. Introduced before 1800.

Renegade Organic spinach seeds are CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Renegade spinach is a bolt resistant hybrid with smooth, oval, dark green leaves on short stems. It has the same fine taste as Corvair, but grows slower, making it a good all-season option. And Renegade Organic's excellent resistance to downy mildew makes it your best choice for high tunnel production during winter. Bred and produced in Washington State, this variety will stand up to the dampest, coolest conditions, and last well into late spring without bolting. It stood out for us at the local seed trials, and has excellent flavour. Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit. These seeds are coated with an inert, organic form of graphite. This helps to minimize clumping in storage and seed sowing machines. The coating is approved by organic certifiers in Canada, the US, EU, and Japan. Matures in 43 days. (Hybrid seeds)

Skookum This West Coast Seeds favourite is back after several of years out of production. Skookum is hands-down the best spinach for indoor baby leaf production. The slow-growing, bolt-resistant leaves are dark green and held very upright. It is suitable for microgreens in just 12 days, but tasty and substantial as baby greens, even grown under artificial lights. Skookum is suitable for summer growing.

How to Grow

Sow seed 12 mm (1/2″) deep and 2.5 cm (1″) apart in rows 30-45 cm (12- 18″) apart as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring and every two weeks after that until late spring. Thin to 5-7.5 cm (2-3″) after germination – this is the secret to the best crops. Sow again in mid to late August for fall crops. Top-dress with compost, after seedlings are well established.

Seed Tape

Spinach Viking Seed Tapes (Aimers Seed Tape) 1020 Heirloom Vegetable. This dependable heirloom spinach produces a heavy yield of glossy, tasty dark green savoyed leaves that are rich in vitamins.  Viking is a long standing variety that shows good heat tolerance. Harvest of mature leaves can be expected about 50 days after planting. Baby greens can be harvested at about 20-30 days. Introduced in 1933.

How to Grow

In a sunny spot sow successive crops every 2 weeks from early spring to early summer and again in late summer as long as the weather is cool. Lay out tape in desired location and cover with 12 mm (1/2″) of soil. Space rows 45 cm (18″) apart. Keep the seedbed evenly moist during the germination period. For best seedling emergence avoid crusting over the soil while the seeds are sprouting. Thin seedlings to 7.5 cm (3″) apart. Thinnings can be used as baby greens.