Have you ever been satisfied by the look of fresh spinach at the supermarket.
May the spinach be with you!
I enjoy walking around the garden with a hot cup of tea, having a good look at my lovely vegetables and fruits in the making. It makes me so happy that I don’t know where to hide it! it is always satisfying to see how small the plant was three days ago to how it is present.
The spinach is my absolute favourite to grow! it taste divine and scrumptious. It goes with almost every cooking dish you make! its one of those you MUST HAVE in your garden!
Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) :
Description: Cold-hardy vegetable, is a tender-leafed crop.
Season: Planted in early spring, fall and winter. It has similar growing conditions and requirements as a lettuce.
Benefits: Has the ability to be eaten raw or cooked.Has a higher rate in iron, calcium and vitamins than most cultivated greens and one of the best sources of vitamins A, B and C.
- Prepare your soil with manure, compost, fertilizer or organic matter about a week before planting or you might want to prepare it in fall (if you live in an area with mild winters) so you can sow the seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as the ground thaws.
- It is preferred to sow your seed directly into the soil as transplanting is not ideal.
- Spring plantings can be made as soon as the soil can be properly worked. It’s important to seed as soon as you can to give spinach the required 6 weeks of cool weather from seeding to harvest.
- Select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil ( loamy).
- Sow seeds ½ inch to 1 inch deep, covering lightly with soil. Sow about 12 seeds per foot of row or sprinkle over a wide row or bed.
- Plant in mid-August for a fall crop, ensuring that soil temps are cool enough.
- Water the new plants well in the spring.
- Leaf Miners: plant radishes in between the rows of spinchs attract leaf miners away from spinach. The damage that the leaf miners do to radish leaves doesn’t prevent the radishes from growing underground.
- Mosaic Virus/Blight
- Downy Mildew
- Aphids: Plant garlic in between the rows of spinach to attract the aphids.
- Keep an eye on your plants. Harvest when leaves reach your desired size.
- Do not wait too long to harvest or wait for larger leaves, this is when the bitterness will set in quickly after maturity.
- The whole plant can be harvested at once and cut at the base or leaves may be picked off plants one layer at a time starting at the outwards of the plant. This gives the inner layers more time to develop.