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About Razzle Dazzle Spinach: Spinach originated in ancient Persia, and reached the Mediterranean region by the 9th century. By the Middle Ages, spinach was known in England both for its medicinal properties and for salad greens. Catherine de Medici, the beautiful queen from Florence, loved this vegetable and required it to be served at every meal; ever since, dishes served with spinach have been known as "Florentine." Thomas Jefferson helped introduce spinach to the United States by growing several varieties in his experimental gardens at Monticello.

Razzle Dazzle Spinach Germination: Because spinach loves cool weather and can survive sub-zero temperatures when protected sufficiently, it should be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in spring, or after the heat of summer for a fall crop. Gardeners in regions with warmer winters will be able to grow spinach all winter long. Sow the seeds in deeply worked soil 1/2" deep and 2" apart in rows 12-18" apart, later thinning the seedlings to 4-8" apart. For a continuous crop, plant more seed every 10 days until the summer heat begins; spinach seeds go dormant above temperatures of 80-85 degrees F. Spinach loves shade, and can be planted underneath tall plants such as corn or pole beans.

Growing Razzle Dazzle Spinach Seeds: Because pulling weeds can disturb the roots of spinach, apply a layer of mulch. Keep the soil moist but not too wet, since an imbalance in the water supply can cause bolting. If the temperature rises above 80 degrees F, provide some sort of shade.

Harvesting Razzle Dazzle Spinach: Begin harvesting the spinach leaves as soon as they grow big enough for eating. If only individual leaves are being harvested, take the larger ones on the outside of the plant. Otherwise, harvest the entire plant by cutting it off at ground level; new leaves will grow. If the plant bolts and sends up a flower stalk, the leaves will be much stronger in flavor but can still be used.

Saving Razzle Dazzle Spinach Seeds: Because this variety of spinach is a hybrid, the seed it produces will either be sterile or will revert to the characteristics to one of the parent seeds; reproducing this type from its own seed will not be successful.

Detailed Razzle Dazzle Spinach Info: Spinacia oleracea. Annual. 30 days to maturity. 2,400 seeds per oz. 6-18" height. 2-3" spacing. Produces arrow shaped dark green leaves.

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