(Spinacia oleracea) Spinach is a cold weather-loving annual leafy green. This frost-tolerant green is much happier growing in cool weather than hot weather, making it an excellent fall, winter and early spring green. Spinach is quick to mature, so it is well suited to succession sowing. Growers in very mild summer climates can grow spinach throughout the season; most others will take a break during the hottest part of summer, resuming as late summer cool weather returns. Direct sow (preferred) as soon as soil can be worked, or start indoors and transplant out 2 weeks before first frost. Seeds germinate in 5-10 days. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep. Ideal germination temperature is 60-68F, however spinach seed will germinate down to 36F. Space plants 6 inches apart. Spinach can handle shade -- in fact hot summer growers should try to provide shade to keep the plants cool. Water regularly.
Average 55 days to maturity. A runaway winner of the Baker Creek tasting and growing trials, this stunning new superfood contains four times as much vitamin A as carrots! It is also a great source of minerals and protein. A cross between two of the most delicious and hardy greens -- tatsoi and komatsuna -- the lightly savoyed leaves of Chijimisai have a velvety texture and lightly umami flavor that make it a remarkable spinach substitute. This innovative “new” heirloom Asian green is both heat and cold tolerant, making it suitable to grow year round in most growing zones, save for the extreme seasons of some climates. This quick and easy-to-grow green is phenomenally tasty and more versatile than other greens. It is equally happy in stir fries and soups as it is in salads, lasagna or atop pizzas. Sure to be the next culinary craze and must-have market gardeners’ green, no patch of greens should be without Chijimisai!