Winter-over spinach in containers

adenn1(z7PA)July 30, 2004

I was going to try some spinach in 4' window boxes for the fall. I had no plans to try to keep them till spring until I came across this forum.

My question is whether the spinach could be wintered and then be harvested in the spring. I have a covered area (under my three-seasons room)that I could put the containers and then mulch them over with shredded leaves. Would this work. Any paricular variety of spinach that would be successful?

Thanks much...

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kendrab225(z7 Alabama)

Spinach is very hardy. Territorial Seed Company has some varieties that are extra hardy. They will over winter with very little protection. I don't give my spinach any protection and they survive all winter. But our lowest temps are usually in the low teens. I wouldn't bother put spinach in pots. I put them straight in the ground. But then again I usually plant a few hundred plants.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 9:50AM
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Adenn1.....I have the same idea---I have two 4' long 'hayrack' planters on the side of my garage, fairly sheltered, but sunny in the afternoons. I thought I'd put them to use over the winter by growing spinach and dwarf carrots. I might keep a couple of pieces of row cover handy to cover them up if the weather gets really cold (not a frequent occurrence here in Central VA), but otherwise not give them additional protection. I also have a small coldframe where I can grow a few things as back-up, in case my experiment fails!

Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2004 at 5:29PM
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I plan to start the spinach in the containers in the next week or so--I believe I should wait till weather get a bit cooler. Will let you know how it turns out...


    Bookmark   August 27, 2004 at 7:13AM
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