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Planting in October

By Penny Stine


Look what came in the mail!




I like to order garlic and spinach online just for the variety. I can’t remember exactly what kind of garlic I ordered, but I know that one type was a hardneck and one was a soft neck.




When I ordered the spinach, I figured one packet would be perfect, but I noticed that this variety said it was a 37-day spinach,so I decided to try it and see if I could get fresh spinach in November if I planted it in early October.




I had a spot in my garden that I had cleaned up a few weeks earlier, and I had some bone meal in the garage to give the over-worked soil a little help, and since it rained yesterday, I figured it was a perfect time to plant. So last night, after I got home from work, I planted a little bit of spinach just to see if it will grow this late in the season.
I saved most of the packet, as well as the entire packet of another variety, to plant later this month or early in November, after I’ve cleaned up other areas in the garden. It will sprout whenever God tells it to, and it does just fine no matter how cold it gets. Seriously, remember that winter where it didn’t get above 10 degrees for a month? My spinach sprouted as soon as it warmed up a little and it wasn’t bothered by subsequent freezes or snow.
If March is warm and dry, I take a watering can out to the garden and give the tiny little spinach sprouts a few sips. I’m usually picking and eating spinach by late April and into May. It’s great.
I’ll plant the garlic whenever I plant the spinach. It will also do just fine no matter what kind of winter we have and I’ll be picking garlic scape in June and digging the bulbs sometime in July.