Say what we will about spring in Minnesota this year, but it was pretty perfect for growing spinach. Extended stretches of cool, wet weather and the late arrival of summertime heat were the perfect conditions for a prolific and lengthy spinach harvest. I’m not sure I’m ever going to be hoping for another spring exactly like this one, but I certainly wouldn’t mind a repeat spinach performance.
But all good things must eventually come to an end. As the weather finally caught up with the calendar, the spinach eventually started to bolt and my thoughts turned from spinach pesto to spinach seed saving.
I’ll be honest, the part of my brain that wants everything to be neat and tidy and organized, really struggled with letting a small 4′ row of spinach get so overgrown and unruly during this process. But despite my desire for order, a temporarily messy corner of the garden is a small price to pay for saving the seed.
Once completely dry, I simply run my hand down the stalk to remove the seed. I’m collecting the seed in a small glass jar, and once it has all been harvested, I’ll sift through it to remove the little bits of dried leaves and other plant debris that are in the mix prior to storage. Some of it won’t be in storage for long though; in only a matter of a month or so, it will be time for a fall planting of spinach!
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