Spinach is a cool season crop. It can be grown in spring and fall. In some locations it will even overwinter. Spinach is packed full of vitamin A&C, potassium and of course iron. That’s why Popeye loved it so much! There are two major types of spinach. Smooth leaf or baby spinach as it’s sometime referred as and Savory which has large crinkled leaves. Smooth is better for spring and fall seeding. Savory will withstand more heat and will also overwinter. My favorite smooth leaf is Catalina, Savory is Bloomsdale Long Standing.
So Here’s how you grow it:
Spinach likes full sun and to partial shade and a neutral soil ph. Seven is considered neutral.
Sow seeds ½ inch deep and and 6 inches apart for Savory varities and ½ and 1 inch apart for smooth. Keep soil evenly moist for best germination.
You can expect to start harvesting 4-6 weeks from date of seeding.
- Harvesting: you can pick new leaves as they mature or you can cut the whole plant off leaving ½ inch of stem behind. The mother plant will resprout new growth.