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Butterflay Spinach

Butterflay Spinach

Botanical Name: Spinacia oleracea

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# of seeds per packet: 200 seeds

Description

40 days. Fast growing spinach with large dark-green leaves and full, rich flavor. This is a fabulous open-pollinated spinach that rivals hybrid plants in growth and productivity. Good for growing in containers and great for winter growing in coldframes and hoophouses because of it's fast growth and cold hardiness. Like any spinach, it will bolt in the heat of the summer so be sure to plant it early spring or late summer. Bred in Germany using Biodynamic growing methods. Has some resistance to downy mildew. Eat baby leaves raw or cook the mature leaves and stems. Packed with nutrients and goodness, spinach is so versatile in the kitchen - add it to almost any dish raw or cooked! Inspired by local restaurant, Earthen Jar, Mike likes to make "Saag Tofu" which is a vegetarian version of the traditional Indian dish Saag Paneer.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Spinach is a short lived, cool-weather loving crop so it is best grown in spring & fall. Direct sow seeds outside as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring (about April 1st) through mid-May. Sow 10 sds per foot, ½” deep, in rows 15” apart. Alternatively, start seeds inside 3/15. Keep seeds moist until germination. Days to germination: 5-20 depending on temperature. Water spinach plants frequently to delay bolting. For fall planting, sow outside 8/15 Spinach seeds will not germinate with soil temps over 85° so to keep seeds cool, cover soil with thick row cover fabric and keep moist. For winter growing plant in hoophouse or coldframe around Sept 1 and Feb 15. Protect plants from rabbits, groundhogs, & deer.

Harvest:

Harvest as baby greens or mature plants. Clip individual leaves but don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaves at one time unless you are taking the whole plant.

Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

For successful seed harvest, start seeds very early in a coldframe or hoophouse 3/1 (so that seeds mature before weather is too hot). Minimum population size: 20 (plants are unisexual so only the female plants will produce seed) so grow at least 60 plants. Ideal isolation distance: 2 miles – just make sure your neighbors are not letting their spinach flower. Remove plants that are weak and the 1st 10% of plants that bolt. When most seeds are tan, collect seeds by clipping stems and drying them. Clean by stripping seeds off stems & winnowing.

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Description

40 days. Fast growing spinach with large dark-green leaves and full, rich flavor. This is a fabulous open-pollinated spinach that rivals hybrid plants in growth and productivity. Good for growing in containers and great for winter growing in coldframes and hoophouses because of it's fast growth and cold hardiness. Like any spinach, it will bolt in the heat of the summer so be sure to plant it early spring or late summer. Bred in Germany using Biodynamic growing methods. Has some resistance to downy mildew. Eat baby leaves raw or cook the mature leaves and stems. Packed with nutrients and goodness, spinach is so versatile in the kitchen - add it to almost any dish raw or cooked! Inspired by local restaurant, Earthen Jar, Mike likes to make "Saag Tofu" which is a vegetarian version of the traditional Indian dish Saag Paneer.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Spinach is a short lived, cool-weather loving crop so it is best grown in spring & fall. Direct sow seeds outside as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring (about April 1st) through mid-May. Sow 10 sds per foot, ½” deep, in rows 15” apart. Alternatively, start seeds inside 3/15. Keep seeds moist until germination. Days to germination: 5-20 depending on temperature. Water spinach plants frequently to delay bolting. For fall planting, sow outside 8/15 Spinach seeds will not germinate with soil temps over 85° so to keep seeds cool, cover soil with thick row cover fabric and keep moist. For winter growing plant in hoophouse or coldframe around Sept 1 and Feb 15. Protect plants from rabbits, groundhogs, & deer.

Harvest:

Harvest as baby greens or mature plants. Clip individual leaves but don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaves at one time unless you are taking the whole plant.

Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

For successful seed harvest, start seeds very early in a coldframe or hoophouse 3/1 (so that seeds mature before weather is too hot). Minimum population size: 20 (plants are unisexual so only the female plants will produce seed) so grow at least 60 plants. Ideal isolation distance: 2 miles – just make sure your neighbors are not letting their spinach flower. Remove plants that are weak and the 1st 10% of plants that bolt. When most seeds are tan, collect seeds by clipping stems and drying them. Clean by stripping seeds off stems & winnowing.

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