By Kathee Mierzejewski
When it comes to vegetable gardening, spinach planting is a great addition. Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a wonderful source of Vitamin A and one of the healthiest sources minerals and nutrients that we can grow.
When you think about how to grow spinach, think about which kind you’d like to grow. There is crinkled leaf spinach, plain leaf spinach and savoy spinach. All are wonderful in their own way.
How to Plant Spinach
One of the best tips for growing spinach is to make sure to plant it early in the spring. Plant spinach in the soil as soon as your garden space is ready and the soil is workable. It prefers loose, well-draining soil and will thrive in both sun and shade conditions.
Spinach planting is done by planting the seeds directly outdoors, ½ inch deep. Another of the great tips for growing spinach is to plant about 12 to 15 seeds per foot of row to ensure plenty of spinach growth. Once your plants are at least an inch or so tall, start thinning your spinach plants to about 2-4 inches apart. Also, make sure your rows are only 12 inches apart, which keeps weeds down to a minimum.
Succession planting is a great method for growing spinach, planting every couple to every few weeks. This will yield fresh spinach all summer long.
Because spinach is a leafy vegetable, you should always rinse the leaves before using. However, one thing about spinach planting you will love is that you don’t have to fertilize the ground before planting or during the growth phase. Spinach just doesn’t require it.
Harvesting or Picking Spinach
Fresh spinach is great mixed with lettuce in a salad or by itself in a spinach salad. You can wait until you have enough and cook them down as well.
If you planted your spinach as suggested, you’ll be picking spinach all summer long and you shouldn’t run out of fresh spinach until the end of the growing season in late summer to early fall.