Try as I might…

I cannot make spinach happy. I try sowing it in the fall with the chard and kale…nope. I try with the winter lettuce. I try with the spring beans. It doesn’t take. I still try, but have nearly started to think of spinach seeds as a soil amendment.

And then there’s this guy. This guy can came up in the shade of a Thai basil and I didn’t even notice him until the basil wilted in a freeze months ago. Since then he’s grown, greened up, and gained a richness to his sheen.
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I last sowed spinach in this bed two autumns past.

And they say seeds don’t last long!

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12 comments on “Try as I might…

  1. Robbie says:

    I have the same problems with Spinach, and them sometimes it just works:-) It does not help that the bunnies + ground hog love my spinach, too:-)

  2. I have never, ever gotten to eat a single leaf of home-grown spinach…It always bolts on me. Maybe I should just throw the seeds in a corner and forget about them? 🙂

  3. I tried spinach for the first time last year and it grew well, but bolted fast. We didn’t have much time to eat any. I grew it between hot peppers, chard and kale.

  4. Shannon says:

    I’ve not tried spinach in many years. Funny thing about plants. They thrive wherever they “feel” like it, no matter how much we attempt to train them where we like. Kinda like kids and dogs.

    Your comment about unsuccessful seed being soil amendment made me laugh.

    • plumdirt says:

      I’m just glad one of the maybe five spots I’ve tried finally worked!

      And seriously, it’ll add organic matter…very tiny bits of organic matter 😉

  5. Try letting it go to swed and collect and sow those seeds. ….

    • plumdirt says:

      That was what I was thinking! Hopefully it will go to seed. I’ve been waiting over two years for some beets to go to seed and they’re happy to just keep providing greens from their giant woody roots. (Good thing we like beet greens!)

  6. I have never gotten spinach to grow either! I have stopped planting it. Claire might be on to something. Save those seed! 🙂

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