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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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February 4, 2012 - 6:12 am

Yesterday I planted a container of spinach and radishes. They are in my south facing window with plastic over the top. This system worked for the lettuce so I am guessing that it will be great for the spinach and radishes. The soil mix I used was the same as the lettuce: equal parts perlite, vermiculite, peatmoss, organic potting mix. I also added 1/4 part WORM POOP.  Wish me luck!

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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February 17, 2012 - 10:03 am

The Spinach, on the left, looks like grass coming up but at least it is growing. The plants next to them are radishes. Hopefully we start getting MORE SUN so they do not get all leggy. I think they are liking the soil mix I used this year.Surprised These are about 2 weeks old. As soon as our weather is in the 50's I will put them out on the deck. But that isn't happening any time soon. We are having snow & rain showers today.Image Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 18, 2012 - 6:27 am

Today my container of spinach and radishes will find its home on the deck. I have been HARDENING IT off in the ROLLING SHELF GREENHOUSE.  Our nights here in Wisconsin have been above freezing, but if it does get down around freezing it will be easy to bring them into the kitchen. The spinach is still quite small and the radishes have not started forming into bulbs yet. I will see if the growth process speeds up since they will be out in the elements.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 25, 2012 - 7:52 pm

I will not be growing radishes indoors or in pots next year.Cry Neither the spinach or the radishes have produced something to eat. It has been about 10 weeks and I think that is plenty of time to see a result. Since I have more spinach seeds I might give that one more try, using a different soil mix.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 3, 2013 - 6:44 pm

I started my 2013 Spinach using the DAMPENED PAPER TOWEL METHOD.  It sprouted in 3-4 days. I then potted each tiny sprout into a black cell pack, covered the sprout with the recommended depth on the seed packet and covered them with clear plastic to hold the moisture in. Into my south windows they went. Today, most of the Spinach pushed though the soil and 2 seedling leaves appeared. Out to the ROLLING SHELF GREENHOUSE these little plants went.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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April 7, 2013 - 5:50 am

SPEAKING of spinach ~ have you ever tried growing basella (red malabar spinach)?  I can't recall if it's been mentioned.  Look it up ~ I ordered seed from Baker Creek yesterday (50 seeds $2.50).  It is actually a very pretty VINE with red stems and flowers, grown as an annual in our zones.  I can not WAIT to try it.  

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Lark
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February 9, 2014 - 12:17 pm

I just finished planting my newly germinated Spinach seeds. I used the DAMPENED PAPER TOWEL METHOD OF GERMINATION. Some have not germinated yet. The ones that have germinated, I planted in the black cell packs. I always have had a hard time with spinach seeds...not any more.  I planted another cell pack a couple of days ago and they are up and have their 'seed leaves' on. I check the paper towel daily for the little seeds germinating.

 

Now what I find challenging is keeping the cell packs watered.ConfusedEmbarassed

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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June 16, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Today here in my part of Wisconsin our temps hit 90. Too hot for me and the spinach.  My 'in ground' spinach I cut down, harvested the leaves, washed & bagged it.  The spinach in a container I am letting go to seed. FREE SEED is a good thing.Smile

 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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August 12, 2014 - 9:44 pm

I planted my second crop of Large Leaf Spinach a couple of weeks ago in my raised CINDER BLOCK garden. I put slug bait down hoping that it helps with the holes in the leaves.

 

August 5 I did the PAPER TOWEL METHOD for a Fall planting in a CONTAINER. This will go into my south facing windows for the winter.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 30, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Three days ago I used the PAPER TOWEL METHOD of GERMINATION for my Spinach seed.  Today I planted 12 germinated seeds in cell packs. Placed them in the CLEAR TOTE MINI GREEN HOUSES and put them outside on the deck. Since it was only a partly sunny day and 50 degrees, I had the tote covers partially on. Doing this keeps the totes from over heating or getting too cool.  The seeds that hadn't germinated yet I kept in the moist paper towel and put them back into the plastic bags. I returned them to the heat register for the night. I will check for germination in a couple more days.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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