Spinach - Vegetable gardening at home

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How to plant Spinach:

  • Spinach grows well in mild climate and will not do well in extremely hot temperatures

  • Remove any rocks or hard clumps of soil before adding the organic fertilizer.

  • Spinach grows well in organic matter such as cattle manure, vermicompost,  or any other high-nitrogen organic fertilizer.

  • Make sure the rows are spaced at least eight inches (20cm) apart if planting in rows

  • Grow spinach from seed if possible as seedlings are difficult to transplant and the roots can be damaged in the process

  • Cover the soil of the planting area with a thin cloth the for easy sprouting

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Irrigating Spinach:

  • Spinach grow in soil that is continually moist but not overly drenched

  • Depending on the climate, you should water your spinach crop on average once or twice per week

  • Always monitor the amount of water you are giving your plants.

  • You have to ensure that the soil remains moist.

  • Do not overwater them.

  • It is advisable to water early in the morning so that the plants can absorb the water throughout the day

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Fertilizing Spinach:

  • Fertilize lightly every 2 to 3 weeks with balanced fertilizer for spinach

  • If your spinach plants are growing slowly, you may want to add more nitrogen-based fertilizer.

  • Fertilize with compost tea or fish emulsion when the plants have four true leaves

  • Spinach likes organic matter such as well-rotted manure, alfalfa meal, soybean meal, cottonseed meal, and blood meal.

  • Add the fertilizer according to label recommendations and water thoroughly. 

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Harvesting Spinach:

  • As soon as the leaves grow big enough to eat you can harvest your spinach leaves.

  • It generally takes about six to eight weeks from planting to harvest.

  • In the springtime, make sure to harvest spinach leaves before they begin to bolt.

  • Once the plants bolt, the leaves become bitter.

  • Harvest the spinach by carefully removing the outer leaves.

  • Either pinch at the base of the petiole with your fingers or use gardening shears to snip the base of the petiole.

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