Spinach, Verdil (Organic)

Spinacia oleracea. 45 days.

Giant winter type, perfect for spring, autumn and overwinter cultivation, but not summer. With a particularly aromatic flavor, it is best suited raw in salads, although also good cooked. We are always impressed with Verdil’s winter hardiness. The plants can stand in the freezing mud all winter and somehow not be bothered by slugs. Bred in Germany by Brigitte von Wistinghausen with support from Kultursaat and Bingenheimer Saatgut.

Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.

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Grows best when direct sown, early spring or late summer/early fall, 2-3 seeds per inch in 12” rows. May also be sown indoors in pots for transplant 3-4 weeks after sprouting to 6” centers. Great choice for winter gardens in our area, providing food in the hunger gap time of year.

Seed Saving

Collect seeds from at least 30 plants, making sure at least 5 are male. Cut seedheads when seeds are dry, thresh by hand or by dancing. Winnow to clean. Isolate from other flowering spinach by 1½ miles.

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