In early December, 4 rows of spinach were sown in half of a vacant bed under plastic - and then I just did not have any more spinach seeds. At Christmas time there were still no sprouts to be seen, and since then I have largely forgotten the prayer. At some point during the last month, they have appeared anyway, and the germination turns out to be better than you can often experience with spinach. The variety was Monnopa.
Since then, new seeds have come home, so 5 rows have been sown with the Helios variety. I have not tried this variety before, but on the bag it is stated that it can be sown from February, while with the other spinach varieties, which are now in stock, it is recommended to sow from March. It's not sure it makes the big difference, but you never know? - so it was Helios who was going into the earth today. The sun was shining brightly and the soil temperature was up to 0, so it was a perfect day to sow.
In a couple of weeks there will be another available bed, and here is the plan (as soon as I have frost-free soil under the plastic) to sow 4 different varieties and see what works best. At the same time, I want to see a single team inside a plug box - and if there is not the big difference in early age, it could be that you should drop the pre-cultivation of spinach for the early spring harvest.
Written by: Peter Norris, January 29, 2019