Time to Pull Up The Spinach

The Spinach has had it. I knew it would happen. It was one of the first things I sowed in early Spring and has been happily producing these past few months. But Spinach doesn’t last forever. It’s one of those cool weather plants that really just gives up when the weather heats up.

It’s started to go to seed so I harvested everything that was left, pulled up the plants and put them in the compost bin. I’ll leave it a few months until I sow some more.

Never one to leave the earth bare, I have already sown some Swede in place of the Spinach :)

7 Responses to “Time to Pull Up The Spinach”

  1. Mangochildon 18 Jun 2010 at 10:28 am

    You’re right, the time is ending. But what I love about spinach and kale etc. is that they are there for us when there is little else. They produce early in the season, then late through the fall and even early winter. In the summer when it is too hot for them, other veg comes into the gap. But as they go, the spinach returns to see is through the next weeks/months.

  2. Nomeon 18 Jun 2010 at 10:45 am

    I have been so impressed with my spinach this year! I have harvested a whole kg in the last week! But yes, the plants are starting to bolt now, one by one, and will be gone soon.

  3. Caro @ UrbanVegPatchon 18 Jun 2010 at 1:43 pm

    The early spinach on my veg patch has just finished too. Planted late last year, along with kale and garlic, I’ve enjoyed a bumper crop which has saved me a fortune at the shops! I sowed another row about five weeks ago which is now providing small tasty leaves and I’m going to try a bit of continuous sowing, maybe in a shady area of the garden, as it’s great in salads. The kale and 2nd-year-parsley have also bolted over the last few weeks and are being dug up.

  4. Annaon 20 Jun 2010 at 10:46 am

    I have today harvest all of my spinach, I put it two pies and a pot in the freezer (after boiling it for a minut). I havn´t tasted the pie yet, but I hope the garlic and the feta cheese makes it lovely.

    (I´m from sweden so please excuse if my english is bad)

  5. Matronon 20 Jun 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I just adore home grown spinach and chard. Freshly picked and cooked it just knocks the spots of anything you can buy in a sterile plastic bag from a supermarket.

  6. Choice Gardeningon 21 Jun 2010 at 9:27 am

    Yes fresh is going to win hands down over anything provided in a plastic bag from a supermarket. The sun looks like it’s here to stay for a few weeks now and the spinach plants are fading away fast. In the past i’ve sown a few rows in the shade to get some extra yield out of them.

  7. allotment bloggeron 21 Jun 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Confession time. I don’t grow spinach or chard because I don’t like the taste. I do love kale though, and I’m fully aware that makes no sense at all, but there it is. I’ve noticed that my allotment neighbours have been taking the last of their spinach this week before digging up the roots, so you’re not alone in the bolting!