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
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
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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