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Learn How to Grow Spinach……plus, a printable planting guide! Leafy Greens like spinach are an easy-to-grow vegetable that have a place in most gardens.

Along with adding a nice fresh addition to salads, sandwiches, omelets and vegetable dishes, spinach adds powerhouse of nutrients to your daily diet.

Spinach needs well-drained, moderately fertile soils and a sunny location. Spinach is a very fast growing vegetable so keep your soil moist but not soggy.

Nutrients in Spinach

Complete How to Grow Series!

EASY STEPS ~ HOW to GROW SPINACH

WE WILL COVER:

  1. Soils
  2. Sunlight
  3. Temperature
  4. Planting instructions
  5. Cold Hardiness
  6. Days to Germinate
  7. Thinning
  8. Varieties 
  9. Days to Maturity
  10. Harvesting
  11. Storage Tips
  12. Plus, a few fresh Garden Leaf Lettuce Recipes!
  13. Printable Growing Handout
  14. Container Gardening and Greenhouses

How to Grow Spinach

Find Your Zone:
FREE USDA Hardiness Zone Planting Guide

1. SOILS:

  • Spinach need well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5 (adjust to higher pH with wood ash or garden limestone)
  • Moist soils but not waterlogged
  • Garden Bed, Containers or Pots all work well
  • Just make sure to have at least 10 inches of soil in your containers
  • Apply Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer

Depending on your geographic location, soils vary tremendously and need different soil amendments. It is easy to find out how to test your soil with this inexpensive soil tester from Amazon.

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2. SUNLIGHT:

Spinach loves full sun but can tolerate a little bit of shade; 6 Hours of full sun should be enough for a healthy crop.

3. TEMPERATURE:

  • Spinach should be grown in cool temperatures as it does not do well with summer heat
  • Plant as early as possible and then again in the late summer or early fall for later harvest.
  • Sow your fall planting approximately 30 days before scheduled frosts for your area.

4. PLANTING:

Spinach should to be planted as early in spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Specifics on Planting Spinach:

  1. Plant in single rows
  2. Cover with 1/2″ of dirt and tap firm
  3. Seeds should be planted 1.5″ to 2″ apart in rows
  4. Rows should be 12″ to 18″ apart
  5. 10 to 12 seeds per 1 foot
  6. For continuing harvest, plant in succession every 7 to 10 days
  7. Hand Weed or Mulch to suppress weeds

Spinach can also be sown in 3″ to 4″ wide bands.

  • 1/2″ deep
  • 1″ spacing in all directions
  • 40 seeds per foot in a 4″ wide band
  • Ready to eat at approximately 21 day
  • Snip small leaves for fresh eating
  • Snip continually for baby leave spinach
  • Leafy greens like spinach are fast growing so keep soil moist

French Watering Cans are especially useful.

♦Please Note: add this information to your Gardening Journal.

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5. COLD HARDINESS:

Spinach is cold hardy. Plant as soon as garden soil can be worked. Spinach loves cool, drizzly weather.

6. DAYS to GERMINATE: approximately days

Spinach seeds typically germinate in approximately 7 days  

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7. THINNING: 

Spinach Seeds are easy to plant as they can be easily seen in the dirt, so thinning should not be necessary. But, if you have some seedlings that are too close together, simply transplant or thin to 2″ part. For wide 3″ to 4″ bands, thin to 2″ in all directions.

8. VARIETIES:

Main two varieties are Smooth Leaf  and Savory Leaf which have deeply crumbled leaves. Smooth leaf varieties are easier to clean but some people really love the traditional deeply savory leaves.

1. Butterfly Spinach

2. Bloomsdale Long Standing

3. Set of 4 Varieties of Spinach

ALSO CONSIDER: HEALTHY GREENS ASSORTMENT

9. DAYS to MATURITY:  Baby Leaf Spinach & Main Crop Spinach

Dates vary but you can pick mature in approximately 20 to 45 days

♦Baby spinach should be ready in about 20 to 30 days. ♦Main crop spinach Different varieties will be ready to harvest in approximately 35+ days.

10. HOW to HARVEST: 

  • Begin picking your baby spinach leaves as soon it is a nice size for salads or sandwiches.
  • Carefully pinch individual leaves or cut entire sections in a row

11. STORAGE IDEAS:  for Spinach

  • Wash and Store for fresh eating
  • Store in spinner or crisper drawer

Ball Canning and Freezing Resource Book

12. RECIPE IDEAS for SPINACH:

39 Recipes for Fresh Spinach

Crustless Spinach Quiche

Apple Cranberry Spinach  Salad

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Do Not Forget to:

  • Simple Eat Fresh Spinach!
  • Spinach Makes Wonderful Fresh Healthy Salads all by itself
  • Spinach is a beautiful garnish plus work very well on Vegetable Trays!

13. PRINTABLE HANDOUT on GROWING SPINACH

Spinach Leaves

HOW to GROW SPINACH | How to Grow Series

Learn How to Grow Spinach

Materials

  • SPINACH SEEDS

Tools

  • Trowel & Shovel
  • Rake & Hoe
  • Watering Can
  • Gloves

Instructions


1. SOILS:

  • Spinach need well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5 (adjust to higher pH with wood ash or garden limestone)
  • Moist soils but not waterlogged
  • Garden Bed, Containers or Pots all work well
  • Just make sure to have at least 10 inches of soil in your containers 
  • Apply Organic All Purpose Fertilizer

Depending on your geographic location, soils vary tremendously and need different soil amendments.

It is easy to find out how to test your soil with this inexpensive soil tester from Amazon. 


2. SUNLIGHT:

Spinach loves full sun but can tolerate a little bit of shade; 6 Hours of full sun should be enough for a healthy crop.

3. TEMPERATURE:

  • Spinach should be grown in cool temperatures as it does not do well with summer heat
  • Plant as early as possible and then again in the late summer or early fall for later harvest.
  • Sow your fall planting approximately 30 days before scheduled frosts for your area.

4. PLANTING:

Spinach should to be planted as early in spring as soon as the soil can be worked.

Specifics on Planting Spinach:

  1. Plant in single rows
  2. Cover with 1/2" of dirt and tap firm
  3. Seeds should be planted 1.5″ to 2" apart in rows
  4. Rows should be 12" to 18″ apart
  5. 10 to 12 seeds per 1 foot
  6. For continuing harvest, plant in succession every 7 to 10 days
  7. Hand Weed or Mulch to suppress weeds

Spinach can also be sown in 3" to 4" wide bands.

  • 1/2" deep
  • 1" spacing in all directions
  • 40 seeds per foot in a 4" wide band
  • Ready to eat at approximately 21 day
  • Snip small leaves for fresh eating
  • Snip continually for baby leave spinach

Leafy greens like spinach are fast growing so keep soil moist.

♦Please Note: add this information to your Garden Journal

5. COLD HARDINESS:

Spinach is cold hardy. Plant as soon as garden soil can be worked. Spinach loves cool, drizzly weather.

6. DAYS to GERMINATE: approximately days

Spinach seeds typically germinate in approximately 7 days

 

7. THINNING: 

Spinach Seeds are easy to plant as they can be easily seen in the dirt, so thinning should not be necessary. But, if you have some seedlings that are too close together, simply transplant or thin to 2" part.

For wide 3" to 4" bands, thin to 2" in all directions.

8. VARIETIES:

Main two varieties are Smooth Leaf and Savory Leaf which have deeply crumbled leaves. Smooth leaf varieties are easier to clean but some people really love the traditional deeply savory leaves.

1. Butterfly Spinach

2. Bloomsdale Long Standing

3. Set of 4 Varieties of Spinach


9. DAYS to MATURITY: Baby Leaf Spinach & Main Crop Spinach

Dates vary but you can pick mature in approximately 20 to 45 days

♦Baby spinach should be ready in about 20 to 30 days.

♦Main crop spinach Different varieties will be ready to harvest in approximately 35+ days.

10. HOW to HARVEST: 

  • Begin picking your baby spinach leaves as soon it is a nice size for salads or sandwiches.
  • Carefully pinch individual leaves or cut entire sections in a row


11. STORAGE IDEAS: for Spinach

  • Wash and Store for fresh eating
  • Store in spinner or crisper drawer


Ball Canning and Resource Book is helpful and handy.

12. RECIPE IDEAS for SPINACH:

39 Recipes for Fresh Spinach

Crustless Spinach Quiche

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad



14. CONTAINER GARDENS & GREENHOUSES:

Spinach varieties work well for container gardening and in a greenhouse setting as long as they are planted while it is still cool in early spring.

I have planted containers of spinach in succession plantings. Succession planting is sowing seeds every 1 to 2 weeks to increase your harvest period.

COMPANION PLANTING for SPINACH

Spinach loves to planted by:

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Actually, spinach is easy going and loves Everything!

Easy Steps on How to Grow Spinach is part of the How to Grow Series and first appeared on OriginalHomesteading.com

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