Bad luck with spinach, onions, potatoes

wardog25March 19, 2013

I set up my first SFG last fall and had some good luck with peas, strawberries, carrots, and romaine lettuce.

But both my spinach and onions, although I planted many of them, barely did a thing. I saw a few sad plants come up but they never matured and eventually died. What's the deal? Are they not fall plants? Same soil, same water.

Anyway, my potatoes actually grew nicely, but when I harvested them, they were tiny. Smaller than ping pong balls. So that was a little discouraging as well.

Any thoughts on why these didn't do well?

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Ray_Scheel(z8b/SS31 E. TX)

For onions, be sure you check with your local extension office to find out what varieties to plant and when. Ask about spinach varieties and planting times while you are talking to them, there may be a regional issue, or you may have had a bum pack of seeds.

So you know, I have had good luck with Swiss Chard (Fordhook Giant in particular) as a warm weather alternate to spinach.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 4:43PM
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lgteacher(SCal)

I'm in zone 9b and find that chard is much easier to grow than spinach. As for potatoes and onions, your lack of success my be due to growing varieties than need colder winters. The best potatoes for our climate are the small ones. Big russet potatoes need colder soil temperatures than we have in zone 9.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 12:31AM
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wardog25

Thanks for the thoughts and advice.

Much appreciated!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 10:25AM
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