Growing spinach in your home vegetable garden is not only easy, but is is good for you. It is rich in iron, calcium and protein and is a good source of Vitamin A.
Spinach can be grown in the spring, fall and even in the winter. As soon as the garden soil is prepared, you can plant your spinach. You typically want to plant spinach 6 weeks before the last frost. You can also start your seeds in peat pots indoors.
Start growing spinach from seeds 9 weeks before the last frost in your area. You shouldn't plant spinach seeds while the ground is still frozen, but you can plant when it is barely thawed.
Since spinach grows quickly, plan to transplant into your home vegetable garden in approximately 3 weeks from the time you started the seed. Since it matures so quickly, it's a better idea to re-seed every few weeks as opposed to trying to plant a huge amount and be overwhelmed with too much spinach.
How To Grow Spinach
Spinach matures in about 6 weeks. At this time, you can start pinching off the leaves needed in the kitchen while leaving the central portion of the spinach intact. If you cut the leaves about an inch above the base of the plant, you may get a new flush of leaves getting yet another harvest.
Since Spinach is a cool weather vegetable, you can expect the plants to bolt quicker as the weather warms up. You should expect to stop sowing spinach in May or June depending upon the weather in your area.
If you live in a warmer climate, you could still be growing spinach in the winter. Should the ground freeze before plant maturity, mulch them with hay. When the temperatures warm up next spring, the plants will continue growing providing an earlier harvest.
Common Spinach Pests
As one might expect, spinach can be susceptible to several fungus diseases since it is grown when the weather is cool and damp. Make sure your plants get good circulation of air by spacing them apart during planting. Also, do your best in keeping the water off the leaves. You can also try growing disease resistant varieties of spinach like Melody, Olympia, Tyee and Wolter.
Hose off aphids as soon as you see them.
And last but definitely not least, rabbits love spinach. To keep the rabbits out of your home vegetable garden, place used pantyhose (not washed) around the perimeter of your garden. The rabbits smell the human scent and aren't as likely to raid your spinach patch.
Not only is growing spinach easy, but it's good for you. Let's look at some health benefits from spinach.
5 Spinach Health Benefits
Spinach is a great Anti-Inflammatory food
Reduce the risk for heart disease
May God Richly Bless all your Efforts in your Home Vegetable Garden