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Vegetable Gardening: Spinach survived mild Ohio winter - growing, but ?

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Tammylp
Lima, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 6, 2012
5:16 PM

Post #9072438

Our winter was mild and March was extremely warm, now the spinach from last year is growing new leaves. In fact, March was so warm, several spinach plants are bolting already! But my question is, will the flavor be different or will it be tough. I have never been that successful growing spinach, this is a surprise. Hate to serve it is it looks good but tastes bad

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 6, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9072456

We have people here that plant the spinach in the fall, then harvest in spring. Must work.
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

April 6, 2012
5:47 PM

Post #9072474

Best thing to do is cook a little and see. That's the only way you'll know.

Janet

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Cybrczch
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 6, 2012
9:43 PM

Post #9072687

The best spinach I ever grew was some plants I started in the fall, they overwintered under a blanket of snow and started growing in the spring. I harvested them for the longest time - I was still harvesting from them when the spring-planted spinach had bolted! I don't like the taste once it bolts, gets bitter to me. But before it bolted, it tasted as good as it did in the fall when I planted it.
Tammylp
Lima, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9073344

This spinach was planted last spring, grew until the heat seem to wilt it. I kept cutting out the center stalk when some of it bolted, and it eventually just sat there half dead in the heat. It began to return in the fall, stayed green all winter, and really took off early March. I thought maybe old plants produced tough leaves. I'll have to give it a try. THANKS!
Tammylp
Lima, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2012
6:03 PM

Post #9082666

Well...it looks very good, but the leaves seem thicker and it is very tough, even cooked.

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