Winter spinach

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  1. Leah IL

    Leah IL momto6

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    I have heard that you can grow spinach all winter. Any experience?? I live in zone 5.
     
  2. MullersLaneFarm

    MullersLaneFarm Well-Known Member

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    Leah,
    We talked about trying a cold frame when you were here. Couple of straw bales with a piece of glass on top. I hope others have had luck using other things.

    Any one????
     

  3. gobug

    gobug Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I just planted some. I did so a few years ago for the first time. No cold frame, no row covers, zone 5. It came up in late feb and was edible in late march. Then last year I used a cold frame and had edibles in late feb. This year I will put a row cover on for the winter. I will put my portable cold frame on another box and probably put some more spinach in there too.

    I read from someone else on this forum about planting some in a tub and bringing it inside at night. I might try that too.
     
  4. The Funny Farm

    The Funny Farm Active Member

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    Look back through MEN magazine. There was an issue in the last year about growing greens all winter long. Don't remember if spinach was on the list but I know Kale was and something called mache` or corn salad. I've got Kale and turnips right now and I'm getting ready to put straw all around them and cover with plastic. Good luck!!!
     
  5. Mutti

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    We planted it here in So.MO in the garden, threw a row cover over it about Dec. and it kept going...got touched by cold a time or two but when the weather moderated it came back and in the spring we had a really good harvest. Never hurts to try as seed is really cheap compared to so manythings in life. Have grown it in a big pot in front of the sliding doors,too and had a meal or two...last year DH saved a cherry tomato plant and we had a few 'maters a week all winter long...hey, it helps to stave off garden withdrawal symptoms until we open the greenhouse in Feb!!! Dee
     
  6. Thoughthound

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    Last year I grew lettuce under 4 mil plastic and had it until Christmas. I also live in zone 5.

    If you can keep lettuce alive, you should be able to keep spinach, which according to most garden books, tolerates temps down to 28 F uncovered.

    Check out "Four Season Harvest" by Elliot Coleman. He also lives in zone 5.

    Apparently the trick is to provide dual protection. He uses plastic row covers inside a plastic film greenhouse. Also, few things actually grow over winter, they just sort of go into a suspended animation.

    Things that actually grow are mache, claytonia and spinach. Things that stay alive are most of the cool weather greens.