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Spinach, Bloomsdale Long Standing
HEIRLOOM. Heavy, continuous yield of thick-textured, crinkled, glossy, dark green leaves.
Popeye's favorite heirloom variety! Bloomsdale Long Standing is an old standard. It's a large, spreading spinach has dark green, savoyed curled leaves. The yield is good, and it is slow to bolt. For first crop, sow in spring. Plant again in late summer. In mild winter areas, fall plantings yield in early spring. One packet contains 300 seeds and will sow a 30' row.
Sow spinach seeds in average soil in early spring for first crop, again in late summer for fall crop. In the South, sow in fall. Sow thinly in rows 11/2-2’ apart. Cover with 1/2" of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
How to Grow Spinach
To grow full heads, thin to stand about 6" apart when seedlings are 1-2" high. If growing for baby leaf use, do not thin. Due to its shallow roots, spinach plants need 1-11/2" of rain or consistent watering weekly for continuous growth.
Harvest the outer leaves when they reach 3" long. For baby leaf snip as needed, when leaves reach about 2" long. When warm weather arrives and seed stalks develop, harvest the entire plants immediately. In addition to uses in salads and as garnishes, spinach can be boiled, steamed, saut¿ed, stir-fried, or creamed.