Overwintering Spinach

Get the jump on spring greens by planting in fall.

By Willi Evans Galloway

Photography by Rob Cardillo


how to overwinter spinach for early spring greensOverwintering Spinach
Sow the spinach seeds generously, about an inch apart, and then thin the seedlings to 6 inches once they develop three sets of leaves. Keep the soil consistently moist. After one or two light frosts, cover the spinach with 12 inches of straw mulch. Place a floating row cover over the bed to provide an extra layer of insulation in climates where wintertime temperatures hover at or below freezing for weeks at a time.