Growing Food

How to Grow the Most Superb Spinach in Your Own Backyard (or Porch)!

Spinach blog post

Spinach is an amazing cool weather crop that is one of our favorites! It tastes so much better directly from your garden than buying from the grocery store. You will be so impressed just like we were the first time we tried it! Spinach is a staple of our garden in the spring and fall. We eat it nearly every day when it is in season. It is considered to be one of the healthiest foods you can eat, being high in vitamins K, A, B, and C, iron, calcium, and protein. Spinach will bolt (go to seed) whenever it gets too hot and the season can be prolonged by planting it in an area that’s shaded in the afternoon.

How to Grow:

Spinach is grown during the cool seasons. It can be planted 4-6 weeks before your last spring frost and 6 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

The seeds are planted 1/2 inch deep, 9 per square foot, in full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Be sure to keep the soil constantly moist and your seeds will sprout within 7-14 days.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for spinach:

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Harvesting:

Spinach is ready to harvest within 50-70 days. You can start to harvest as soon as the plant has at least 5 or 6 leaves. Be sure not to remove more than 1/3 of the plant at a time. Cut from the outer leaves continuously as desired. Small inner leaves will continue to grow and reproduce as long as the weather permits.

Cooking & Eating!

Soak the leaves in ice-cold water to help remove any bugs that may have remained and to increase preservability. Use right away or store in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag with a damp paper towel. Extra leaves may be frozen as well for long-term storage. Try adding it to your next salad or burrito!

 

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