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Post  Debora Cadene on 6/21/2012, 9:13 pm

I have spinach in my garden, and have cut a few of the outside leaves off to toss into a salad, but for the most part...have left them alone. Today I see what looks like mabey a stock coming up. I don't know what spinach is supposed to do, how tall it gets..when its done...
Anyone wanna tell me the bird and the bee's of spinach..

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Post  southern gardener on 6/21/2012, 10:11 pm

it sounds like your spinach is "bolting", which means it's getting ready to make seeds and die off. Has it been warm? Spinach likes cool weather, so when it gets warm, it will "bolt".

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Post  Debora Cadene on 6/21/2012, 10:42 pm

No, its been kind of cool and the area where the spinach is, gets a good dose of morning dappled sun due to the tree's that on the east side of the garden.. If that stalk comes up, does that mean the plant is finished? If I were to pick lots of leaves off each of the plants...would they keep growning more spinach , like cut and come again or will it be all done? If I pinch off the stalk, will it bush out???

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Post  southern gardener on 6/21/2012, 11:53 pm

in my experience, and that's not a ton! lol, once it bolts, it's destined to finish bolting. You can pick the leaves but they may be bitter. Practice with it and see what happens and tell us!

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Post  GWN on 6/22/2012, 12:17 am

It has not been really hot here yet either, but all my spinach is bolting as well.
I have been eating it for 2 months now though
You really have to be diligent about picking it to prevent it from bolting.
However there does seem to be a time when it bolts irregardless.
Where I am many of the locals plant beets instead of spinach for greens since the spinach bolts......however for me spinach is too slow.

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Post  Debora Cadene on 6/22/2012, 8:02 am

And here I thought I was doing the plant a favour by not picking it bare!!

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Post  camprn on 6/22/2012, 8:07 am

My spinach bolted early as well, 2 weeks ago. I got one harvest. I am hoping for better results this autumn.
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Post  rowena___. on 6/22/2012, 10:22 am

consider harvesting the whole spinach plant and replacing it with swiss chard.

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