[Market-farming] Germinating and planting spinach

Allan Balliett allan.balliett at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 22:39:09 EDT 2012

Thanks, Harriet

So, let me make sure I'm clear on this: you sprout in a jar in the fridge
and then plant them in furrows in beds outside? And this works?

Tedious is right! Whenever you have to hand seed bunching items it just
seems like an oppressive number of transplants, doesn't it?

Thanks again. You've encouraged me to do something I didn't want to trial
on my own.

-Allan in WV

On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 3:33 PM, Harriet Allen <hattie_allen at yahoo.com>wrote:

> I've been doing this for a couple years now after reading about it as a
> technique The Wiedgers use.  Put the spinach in a jar with water, soak
> overnight, pour off excess water, stick in the refrigerator, wait several
> days until you see them sprout.  Plant them outside.  Wow does it work.
>  But it is tedious to plant the wet seeds and I have never tried putting
> them into an Earthway Seeder or anything with the little delicate sprouts,
> although, perhaps you can.
> I will say the spinach comes up quickly and faultlessly and they are
> always the nicest looking beds I have grown.
> Hattie
> *Hattie's Garden*
> Lewes, DE 19958
> Not as bad here on the coast, but bad enough.  No green beans to speak of
> to pick this week or last because of the heat in late July. Same with big
> tomatoes.  Peppers and eggplants are better.  Cherry tomatoes seem the most
> heat tolerant. Coastal area also means we get socked in with humidity and
> with warm warm nights.  That combination is a struggle.  We are something
> like 7B.
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