Growing Spinach in a Small Vegetable Garden
Growing Spinach Seedlings in the Garden
Here are a few of the best tips for growing spinach in backyard or container vegetable
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Spinach can also be grown in a raised-bed or container vegetable garden...
Try planting spinach in your in-ground, raised bed, square foot, or container vegetable garden this year!
You will be surprised at how quickly it grows, and how delicious it tastes.
Spinach is easy to grow in any type of vegetable garden.
Spinach can be planted from seeds, and is easy to plant and maintain.
Even a small vegetable garden can include spinach, as it doesn't take much space.
When planning your vegetable garden this year, be sure to include a row of spinach!
Recommended Spinach Plant Varieties
Spinach Plant in the Garden
Bountiful harvests can be produced in the unlikeliest of places!
- A window box or patio container garden can be used to plant edible and attractive spinach.
- Gardeners cramped for space can turn a bright sunny spot into an area that yields healthy vegetables for their families.
- Spinach plants will also thrive in lightly shaded locations.
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Recommended Spinach Plant Varieties
Most spinach plants do not mind a bit of crowding. In fact, varieties
have been developed for small spaces. Recommended varieties for growing
spinach are Virginia Savoy, Dixie Market, Hybrid 7, and Bloomsdale
How to Grow Spinach Plants
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- Seed germination for growing spinach is 10-14 days.
- Sow during cool weather in a prepared garden bed.
- Keep soil moist to speed germination and encourage quick growth.
- Spinach may be grown in single rows but adapts well to double cropping and wide row techniques.
to harvest are 45-60.
- Spacing between rows needs to be 14-18 inches at a
depth of ¾ when planting spinach.
- Space between plants should be 3 to 5
- Plants needed per person of this nutritious vegetable are
- Spinach is tolerant of frosts and light
freezes. For additional planting and growing information, download our
vegetable planting guide worksheet.
Freshly Harvested Baby Spinach Plant from the Garden
Fertilizing Spinach Plants
- Fertilize lightly every 2 to 3 weeks with 6-6-6 nitrogen-only
- The numbers of a fertilizer analysis indicate the percentage
of, in order, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
- Minor nutrients such
as iron, boron, zinc, and manganese are often included.
Caring for Spinach Plants in the Garden
Spinach Plants Growing in the Garden
- Use mulch to stretch the intervals between watering.
can be harvested for 2-3 weeks. When a seed stack appears, cut and use
the entire plant. To ensure a continual supply, make monthly sowing
while the weather is cool.
Warm Weather Spinach Varieties
For gardeners interested in growing spinach in warm weather, you can
try Malabar and New Zealand species, which do well spring through the
Malabar also known as Ceylon can take the heat.
It is climbing spinach and needs to be trellised. Start plantings from seeds or cuttings.
Two vines should provide a sufficient harvest for growing spinach to supply your family with its health benefits.
Prune the plants to restrict growth getting out of hand. Use the tender leaves and stems as substitutes for true spinach.
Fresh Spinach with Other Vegetables Ready for Stirfry.
New Zealand Spinach
The New Zealand species of spinach is planted from seeds and grows as a
bushy herb. Clip the vigorous growing branches as needed to cause
branching. The clippings can be eaten.
If you have difficulty growing spinach in the fall, plant during cool weather.
- Seedlings are susceptible to rots when the weather is too warm.
- When plantings repeatedly fail, consider fumigating the soil with Vapam.
- Follow soil solarization techniques described below before attempting to replant the crop.
Solarization Technique for Growing Spinach
When the soil is heated to and held at temperatures above 120 degrees, pests such as nematodes are destroyed.
The garden must be in the full sun, the ground should be loose and
This technique is called solarization, and works well
during the hottest days of summer.
prepared site with clear plastic and seal the edges to retain the sun’s
Treatment should continue for four weeks to destroy nematodes and
longer for disease control.
It Helps to Rotate Your Spinach Crop!
- Rotating your spinach crops each year is one of the best guidelines
you can use to ensure an abundant production of the vitamin packed
vegetable every season.
- At harvest time, begin
harvesting spinach plants when the leaves are 3 to 4 inches tall.
individual leaves or the entire plant.
is easy even for a beginner vegetable gardener.
It is a healthy
delicious addition to any type of vegetable garden design.
If your kids
don't love spinach, have them plant some spinach seeds, and take care of
them in the garden.
They will be easily tempted to taste their spinach
either fresh or lightly steamed from the garden.
Growing spinach is a
great way to teach important life-skills, and encourage healthy eating
You know Pop-eye had it right!
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