Regiment Spinach

37 days. Dutch-bred Regiment is fast-growing, long-lasting, vigorous, bolt-resistant and resistant to downy mildew (races 1 through 7). In other words, it is perfect in the garden from early spring through the fall. It is also beautiful, with thick, semi-savoyed, slightly triangular, glistening dark green leaves that grow upright and uniformly (needs less washing than more floppy-leafed varieties). Now to the taste, the final measure of Spinach greatness. It is simply delicious prepared in every possible way. It has a crisp texture and a delicate flavor served fresh and raw in salads. And its substantive leaf holds up well when sautéed or braised for succulent creamed sauces, soups, pastas, savory pies or in a classic creamed Spinach alongside your grandmother's best meat loaf or your favorite grilled steak sprinkled with lightly fried crispy Shallot rings. (F1.)

One packet of about 300 seeds
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Spinach prefers the cool, sunny weather of late spring and early fall. Direct-sow Spinach in the spring once the threat of frost has passed, and in late summer for fall harvest. Spinach adores rich soil: amend the Spinach bed well with compost and/or manure, dolomite lime and complete organic fertilizer. Keep the bed evenly moist and weeded. Early thinnings are wonderful for spring salads. For the kitchen gardener, it is practical to harvest by using the outer leaves from each plant or by cutting the whole plant, leaving 1" for possible regrowth. Or, broadcast seed and grow as a cut-and-come-again crop of tender leaves. If you simply must have Spinach during summer's dog days, plant the seed deeper, provide partial shade and water copiously. Convert everyone you know into Spinach-lovers with Carole Peck's Baked Penne Pasta with Lobster and Spinach and The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone's Spinach and Caramelized Onion Soufflé.

Average seed life: 2 years.
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