Spinach, Abundant Bloomsdale (Organic)
Spinacia oleracea. 45 days.
Glossy, thick, heavily savoyed, succulent leaves can get large while still maintaining a good, sweet flavor. Very dark green leaves have an upright growth habit for ease of harvest either as baby leaf or when mature. A little slower growing than other spinach but the flavor makes up for it. Plants are much more compact than flat leaf types. Cool-weather tolerant, also resists bolting in the heat. Abundant Bloomsdale is the result of a breeding project with the classic Bloomsdale crossed to a disease resistant variety called Evergreen. The resulting cross was then heavily reselected by market farmer seed stewards in collaboration with the Organic Seed Alliance and John Navazio. A portion of the proceeds of this variety will go to further support Organic Seed Alliance breeding programs.
Best when direct sown, early spring or late summer / early fall, 2-3 seeds per inch in 12” rows. May also be sown indoors. Transplant 3-4 weeks after sprouting to 6” centers. Great choice for winter gardens in our area, providing food during the hunger gap.
Collect seeds from 30 or more plants to avoid inbreeding, making sure at least 5 are male. Cut seed heads when seeds are dry, thresh by hand or by dancing. Winnow to clean. Isolate from other flowering spinach by 1 mile.