How to Grow Spinach

Spinach is a nutritious leafy green that thrives in cooler weather. It�s easy to grow and can be harvested multiple times. Here�s a guide to growing spinach organically.

Required Materials

  • Spinach seeds
  • Rich, well-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Watering can or hose

Selecting Varieties

Choose from several spinach varieties:

  • Bloomsdale: Heirloom with crinkled leaves.
  • Space: Smooth-leaved, bolt-resistant.
  • New Zealand: Heat-tolerant.

Soil Preparation

Spinach prefers fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5-7.5:

  1. Tilling: Loosen soil to a depth of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm).
  2. Composting: Incorporate 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of compost.

Planting Spinach Seeds

Spinach can be planted directly in the garden:

  1. Spacing: Plant seeds 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) deep, 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
  2. Rows: Space rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart.

Watering and Mulching

Keep the soil evenly moist:

  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Mulching: Apply a thin layer of mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Organic Fertilizing

Spinach benefits from regular feeding:

  • Use compost tea or a balanced organic fertilizer every 3-4 weeks.

Harvesting Spinach

Harvest spinach leaves when they reach desired size:

  • Method: Cut outer leaves, allowing inner leaves to continue growing.

Storing Spinach

Spinach is best used fresh but can be stored for short periods:

  • In the Fridge: Store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Use within a week.

Tips for a Successful Harvest

  • Sow seeds every 2-3 weeks for a continuous harvest.
  • Use row covers to protect against pests.

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