Recognizing and Harvesting the Bolting Spinach

| 7/14/2011 12:07:53 AM

Michelle MooreShelley Moore is an aspiring organic backyard gardener with hopes of becoming a true 'green thumb'. She is the mother of two young daughters and the wife of one helpful husband. They reside in northern Utah. 

Did you ever have an experience where you finally ‘get it’ when there is someone else reading information out loud and/or saying something out loud?

Recently, my husband was reading about spinach in the “Bible,” otherwise known to us as Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, and now I "get" what it means when spinach bolts.

According to the book it states: “Since both hot weather and longs days trigger spinach to bolt (send up a seed stalk) quickly, the secret to success with this crop is to start sowing seeds as possible in spring, to make small, frequent plantings during late spring and summer, and to concentrate on fall as the season for the main crop.” 

Now, I’m pretty sure I’ve read this before, but when he sat there in the kitchen reading, bolting made sense. And perhaps he was thinking there were seeds on our spinach?

Indeed he was right.