Overwintering Spinach - Knowledgebase Question

Easton, MA
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Question by piper89
July 15, 2000
Last year I planted spinach in early Sept. It overwintered
without any preparation on my part- and I was eating wonderful spinach in early spring- it was quite an accident
and surprise, and unfortunately only a short row of spinach.
This fall I want to plant about three 20 foot rows and winter them. A few questions- can I get a large harvest this fall and cover "old" plants and still get a good spring
harvest, or should I plant twice and cover new young plants
for the winter???

Answer from NGA
July 15, 2000
To some extent the answer will depend on how hard a winter we have, the snow cover and the age of the plants. You might want to experiment both ways and see what works best for you. Snow is a good insulator, but without it, small plants are more subject to heaving in the freeze thaw cycle. They also stop growing when the ground freezes. On the other hand, spinach is hardy and grows well in cold weather as you have seen. Using a poly row cover you may be able to harvest both very late and very early.

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