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25-30 days. Here’s a spinach that tops the charts in flavor, disease-resistance, uniformity and quality. If you love spinach but struggle with growing a good crop, Lakeside is worth a try, since it impressed us with how well it performed in less-than-ideal conditions. Undaunted by the compromised location in the trial field, it produced healthy plants 16 inches wide and 6 inches tall, loaded with great-tasting greens. HR: DM 1-11. IR: DM 12-14.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Mark P.
Great variety

High germination rate and very tasty spinach

Easy, Cold & Heat Hardy, Great-Tasting. Great for Beginners. (Southcentral PA)

This spinach is fantastic and a mainstay for me now.

It can germinate at temperatures of 80F and above, and usually has a good germination rate. It's the slowest-growing variety I've tried, which I like, since that makes it more forgiving of delayed transplanting. I haven't seen it bolt unless it is very stressed. I've had Lakeside plants in a 2' deep raised bed since August and they did not bolt during our week of mid to high 90s weather at the start of September. They took off in the fall and have survived lows of 7F over the winter. There are occasional bug holes in the spinach no matter the season, and the plants had a minor & brief aphid issue in the winter.

I recommend giving this a deep, rich soil and transplanting as soon as possible if one transplants. The roots go down quickly once the plant becomes baby-leaf size.

In baby form, Lakeside has a savory taste, quite distinct from most spinach. It's great on its own, & also pairs particularly well with eggs in omelettes & quiches. In adult form, it has a normal spinach flavor without bitterness. The plants in adult form tend to be quite flat. Perhaps with a tight spacing Lakeside would stand up a bit more.

I'm excited to plant more of this and will continue experimenting with this variety.

Good results

A winner all around. Had trouble with spinach in the past in the PNW. This is my new go-to.

Nick C.
Excellent yield in the Pacific NW. My new favorite.

Grew this in Western Washington, where I'd had subpar results with spinach before (tried both Olympia and Regiment from TSC). Contrary to packet advice, I started indoors 3/1 and transplanted 4/1 after last frost. The plants were gorgeous, super deep green, very thick, spade-shaped, and very delicious raw. Very sturdy and held up well to inconsistent temperatures of PacNW early spring. My new favorite spinach variety I plan to make my primary variety. In a 30"� market garden-style bed, I'd say I got about 6lbs out of 5 row feet.

Soil Temp for Germ 45–75°F
Seed Depth ½"
Seed Spacing 1"
Days to Emergence 6–21
Thin Plants to 3–6"
Row Spacing 12"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 65%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 80
Seed Life 1 year

Spinacia oleracea The Northwest's favorable conditions for spinach production allow us to focus our selection criteria on flavor, vigor, and bolt and disease resistance. The highest-protein vegetable, leafy spinach greens boast an unmatched, synergistic complement of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and carotenoids that when combined, protect eyesight, help prevent the buildup of cholesterol, and target cancer-causing free radicals.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Optimum soil pH range is 6.5-7.5
• Spinach grows best during cooler weather of early spring and fall
• Soil temperature above 80°F can cause erratic germination
• Bolting is caused by rising temperatures, day length and water stress; see specific varieties for bolt resistance
• Apply 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet, and 1 inch of compost

Direct Sowing
• For baby spinach sow 20-25 seeds per foot in a 2 inch wide furrow, in rows 6 inches apart, thin to 1 inch
• Sow July—August for a fall crop
• Sow late-August for an overwintering crop

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Spinach leaf miners
• Insect control: Use row covers, spray eggs on underside of leaves with Pyrethrin or destroy any affected leaves and keep the surrounding area weeded
• Common diseases: See chart below
• Disease prevention: Plant in fertile soil and use a 3-4 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• For baby greens, harvest at 3-4 inches
• Individual leaves may be harvested anytime
• Store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity

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HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
BM | Blue Mold
CMV | Cucumber Mosaic Virus
DM* | Downy Mildew
LM | Leaf Mold
WR | White Rust
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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