- Sun: Full sun/Part shade
- Leaf Size: 4 to 8 inches
- Days to Harvest: 20 to 40
- Plant Size: 8 to 10 inches tall and wide
A “superfood,” rich in vitamins and minerals, spinach is easy to grow in either spring or fall. One of the most cold hardy vegetables, plants that have been in the garden for a while can easily tolerate temperatures in the 20s.
Bonnie Spinach is dark green, slow to bolt, and tolerates frost and heat. In most areas, plant in early spring or late summer. Gardeners in far southern regions can overwinter spinach and harvest until it flowers the next spring.
Plant Spacing: 12 to 18 inches apart. Plants Per Person: 5 for fresh use; 10 for freezing.
Secrets to Success »
Plant in soil enriched with compost to encourage steady growth and tender leaves. Fertilize with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food for lots of leaves. Spring crops prefer full sun, but late-summer plantings can benefit from a little afternoon shade.
Harvest and Use »
You can harvest by picking only the outer leaves as they are big enough to suit you and leaving the center leaves to grow larger. In spring when the plants start to get tall, cut or pull up the whole plant because leaves get bitter when it bolts (flowers). Eat spinach fresh in salads, sauteed, or used in classic dishes such as lasagna and spanakopita. Preserve leaves by canning or freezing in freezer bags.
Try these garden companions »
- Chives look lovely growing with spinach.
- Alternating rows of spinach and lettuce, such as Buttercrunch, Red Sails, or Romaine.
- Red onion, a nice addition to spinach salads.