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Growing Spinach Seeds

Spinach is a cool season crop, developing at its best when growth is quick and continuous. Provide full sun, cool nights and plentiful water supply. Spinach prefers well-drained soil with humus content; its culture is similar to that of lettuce.

Sow seed as early in the spring as the ground can be worked, in rows about a foot and a half apart. Seedlings can be thinned to about one foot. Leaves should be ready to harvest in four to five weeks. An additional planting can be made on August first for a second crop.

Good varieties to plant are Melody Hybrid, which is disease-resistant; Avon Hybrid, which is heat-resistant; Bloomsdale Long-Standing, heat-resistant and slow to go to seed.

Insect pests to look for are flea beetles, aphids, and leafhoppers. Control these by using malathion, or a general purpose spray or dust containing malathion, and be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions.

Diseases often occur in plants that are crowded, and an be spread by insects in some cases. General clean cultivation, aphid control, and the planting of resistant varieties is a good idea. The fungus disease downy mildew can be controlled by preparations containing maneb or zineb. The virus yellows can also be a problem, but the general steps mentioned above will help to keep this problem to a minimum.

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • At Christmastime, decorate your tree with colorful seed packets. They make charming and fun ornaments for garden lovers. Collect the most colorful and attractive Burpee seed packets from year to year and add them to your collection.

    To make the ornament, use a scissors and cut off the open flap at the top of the packet. Then, use a punch hole to make a hole at the top of the packet. Tie a piece of colorful ribbon, bit of lace, raffia, or twine through the hole.

    To make a simple yet very pretty garden theme tree, hang up a few dozen seed packets and add sprigs of dried flowers (hydrangeas, gomphrena, cockscomb and statice work well), branches of holly, pepper berry, and a few long garlands of cranberries around the tree. Paste several photos of your garden onto colorful construction paper and hang them up too. The seed tree will also remind you it’s time to order new seeds for next season!