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How to Grow Spinach

Updated on February 4, 2014
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While spinach may not give you immediate bulging muscles like it did Popeye, it is high in nutrients that will strengthen your health. Spinach is high in vitamins A, C, K and folate. It also contains manganese, potassium, iron and phytonutrients. In the garden, spinach is a hardy plant that can be planted successively from spring to late fall. It can survive temperatures as low as 20 F degrees. There are two types of spinach you can choose to grow in your garden. Savoy spinach has a textured leaf that often gets soil caught in the crinkles, or you can choose smooth leaf spinach if you want to avoid soil grit.

What You Need

Spinach seed

Shovel

5-10-10 Fertilizer

Paper towels

Plastic bag

Mulch

33-0-0 Fertilizer

Step 1

Select an area with direct sunlight for growing your spinach. Begin planting in early spring.

Step 2

Prepare the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Add 3 pounds of 5-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square foot of garden area.

Step 3

Moisten two paper towels with water. Place your spinach seeds between the two layers of paper towels. Place the wrapped seeds in a plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator. Remove the seeds once they begin to sprout.

Step 5

Water your spinach each morning to a depth of about 6 inches. Allow the soil to dry each evening before the next watering.

Step 6

Add mulch around your spinach plants to maintain moisture and suppress weeds from growing after your plants develop 3 to 4 leaves.

Step 4

Plant each seed at a depth of ½ inch in the soil. Space each planting 2 inches apart in rows 1 foot apart.

Step 7

Add a side-dressing of 33-0-0 fertilizer at a rate of 1 pound per 100 feet of row when growth or your spinach begins to slow down.

Step 8

Harvest spinach leaves once they reach more than 3 inches in length by cutting off individual outer leaves. Allow the inner leaves to continue growing until they are ready to be harvested.

Step 9

Plant new spinach successively every 2 weeks throughout the growing season until the last frost day in the fall.

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      Susan Britton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Voted up and Pinned it under gardening tips on my pinterest page. Good info.

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