How To Grow Spinach




Spinach is high in iron, calcium, vitamin A, protein, carotenoids and many more nutrients. Here are some tips on how to grow this easy to care for vegetable.

Plant spinach early in the spring or early fall. Spinach likes the cooler temperatures in the 65 to 70 degree range. When temperatures get above 80 seeds will not germinate and plants already growing will bolt and go to seed. When planting in the fall plant seeds about 60 days before the last frost. Spinach can survive a light frost.

Seeds can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Even as early as late February. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Seeds should be planted about half an inch deep and 2 to 4 inches apart. Plant rows 12 to 18 inches apart.

Soil should be rich, fertile and loose. Dig soil to a depth of 12 inches. Add compost or natural fertilizer. The pH should be a 6.2 to 6.9.

Mulch plants with straw or grass clippings. Water about one inch per week. Fertilize every 2 weeks until plants are 6 inches tall. Thin to 4 inches apart.

Harvest by cutting the outer leaves. When a bud starts forming in the center harvest the entire plant because it's going to bolt.

Wash the leaves in cold water. Spinach leaves are perishable so eat immediately for the best quality. Or store in refrigerator for only a few days.

Spinach is easy to grow and has few problems. Slugs are among it's worst pests.

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