Okay, this is a two-fold question. First of all ... I'm running a little late with my spinach, but there are no plants to be had here so want to start some seeds and put them in an EB. Do you think it's too late? Also, Tplant, how do you start yours? I use those little peat pellet things for my tomatoes, but I've never started spinach seeds. Do I do it different? Would I use those peat pots instead? I really need to get going if I'm planting seeds!
Oh boy ... am I ever glad I asked! I didn't know I could direct sow right into the eb? What about watering? Will there be enough moisture in the soil or will I have to sprinkle them until they get going? What else can you do like that? Wow, I knew I had a lot to learn!
I also direct sow any greens.. Then as Tplant says, just thin them out..I usually have spinach most of the fall and winter, til it gets too hot again.. Sprinkle when planting seeds and then water as needed...Should have already had mine going..
Thanks Larki! Maybe I'm not too late since I'm just a wee bit south from you. I know I really should already have mine started, too. I'm going to get mine going. So tell me, what am I doing in here on this pputer? LOL :) I just love having our own forum!!
Great question, Susan. I followed your instructions today, TPlant. I have 16 X's in the cover, all are spinach, but 3 are cilantro. I'll let you know how it goes.
BTW, I have 2 EB's with tomatoes that made it through Ike - one I could haul to the garage, and the other was jammed up against the north wall of the garage. All plants are looking very ragged, but promising. Our day and night temps are approaching perfection for tomato set, so hoping, hoping, hoping some more blossoms will come on soon.
I have had terrible luck getting spinach and Swiss chard to grow. Let me know how the spinach does for you in the EB. If it works for you, I'll make one just for the spinach, which I love. Can't buy either one in the grocery stores here.
Yeah, I did and I'm running late :) but it's just a few seeds so I'm going to try it anyway. Just call me stubborn. LOL I'm planting turnips and mustard greens, too. If they make it, they'll sure be tasty and if not ... well, my EB's would have been sitting out there empty anyway. :) Maybe I'll learn something from my experiment ... like don't be so late next year! grin
Today is the first cool day that we have had since the beginning of summer but I can not go out and start to clean up and prepare an area for my EBs because my shoulders are really hurting. Darned arthritis! It's in the low 80s but very damp and I guess dampness and arthritis just don't go togeather. The weather man promises drier weather heading our way so I'll just have to sit still and not move around to much. Good time to catch up on my gardening books...
Okay y'all ... I know this is my spinach thread, but I just wanted to tell everyone my turnip and mustard greens have come up. Not a thing from the spinach yet, but I was later than I wanted to be getting them in ... so I'm not giving up. I'm praying , praying praying that all these greens do well for me. I'm soooo excited! :-) I'll take a pic when they get big enough to show off.
I01 - Glad your spinach came up! I planted my seeds right before going out of town - that's my goofy planning for you. Still about 4 of them came up. We came back this morning and I watered them well - so I'll hope for the others. I'm excited!
Katiebear - good reminder to me - my malabar spinach is coming back on its own in my mixed flower/veg beds for a second year and going strong now! I eat it raw, and love it even though it doesn't remind me of regular spinach very much. I love ANYTHING edible that is a perennial!
Good luck on your washing machine garden! Very unique - post pics for us :)
Only 3 of mine sprouted and they are all spindly, too! I was reading from my local organic gardening guru, and found it's probably too hot still. We are in the high 80's now. I decided I'll try more seeds in a week or so and hopefully it will be cooler.
You mean I still have time to sow my spinach and greens from seeds???!!!! That was my question, too. I have 5 EBs just sitting outside. Waiting for PAW to tell me if I can salvage the potting mix that has sat uncovered (my bad) since July 15th... Once I know about the mix, I can sow the seeds for ALL my cole crops (mustards, turnips, spinach, collards, brussels sprouts, and cabbage). Also, maybe some more sugar snap peas, too!
LMK about your washing machine project -- I have one in the yard that I spray painted and planted something else in. Might just try using it for the Sugar Snap peas! Not so much a self watering container though, because of the holes that allow the water to drain through...
Spinach does best in cooler weather like the 70's and always plant more seed in the EB than you need so you can allow for the ones that will not germinate. You will have to cull out to one per space. Refer to www.earthbox.com as to how many per EB as I think it is eight but I'm not sure but this I tell you it is fantastically delicious when picked and eaten ASAP and cut the bottom leaves and it keeps growing so, for me, it lasts a long time. Use 10-10-10 fertilizer or organic and enjoy! Oh, beware of leaf miners. Use organic bug spray or powder to discourage them but don't wait to long as they appear shortly after green growth.
Hi Gymgirl! Yes - I usually go by what Dr. Randall says in his book. In fact, his chart says we can plant spinach ideally all of October and half-way through November. That cold snap we had made me get impatient!
Tplant, I'll wait a week or so and go re-plant the rest of the holes. Maybe the germination rate is low for spinach or I've got a bad batch. The way you describe the spinach regrowing is the way my lettuce harvest reproduced, so I'm excited about having spinach all winter, too!
I01 - your temps are similar to ours, except it's been above 70's overnight with a few in the high 50's/60's. I won't say when we usually get our first freeze, because you know that'll just jinx it and then we'd have one Nov. 1!!