Spinach is one of the most nutritious vegetables you can grow, and having it in your garden means plenty of healthy, delicious meals! A super cold hardy vegetable, this tender leaf crop can be planted very early in the spring, the fall, and even in the winter. If you're looking to learn how to plant spinach, keep reading the gardening guide below and get ready for a crop-full of green goodness!
Spinach has similar growing conditions as lettuce, but unlike lettuce, it actually a lot more versatile in cooking methods. It's also higher in vitamins and minerals!
How to Plant Spinach in Your Garden
- A week before planting, prepare your soil with aged manure.
- Alternatively, you can also prep your soil in the fall so that you can sow your seeds early in the spring.
- If you live in a climate with mild winters, you can also plant in the fall.
- Spinach seeds should be sown directly outdoors, as transplanting them can be difficult.
- Because spinach is a cold weather crop, it's best to sow as soon as the ground thaws.
- Select an area with full sun to light shade and well draining soil.
- Sow the seeds 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep and cover lightly with soil.
- Sow about 12 seeds per foot of row.
- Water well.
- Fertilization is only necessary if growth is slow. If needed, fertilize only once the plant reaches about 1/3 of its growth.
- Once seedlings are about 2 inches tall, thin them to 3-4 inches apart.
- Keep the soil moist with mulch.
- Harvest spinach as soon as the leaves have reached the desired size.
- Don't wait too long though as more mature spinach leaves can have a bitter taste.
- You can harvest the entire plant or just pick off individual leaves.
So now that you know how to plant spinach, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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