Successfully Growing Spinach
Spinach has earned its way on the list of superfoods because of the benefits that it have in helping us to become healthier. But how do we grow these veggies in our home gardens?
The Journey of Spinach
The process of spinach is really simple, all it takes is knowing how along with some effort and before you know it you will be well on your way growing and harvesting this veggie right from your home garden.
Best time to plant Spinach is in early spring.
1. Chose an area that gets full sun, even though Spinach loves the cool weather planting them in full sun will give them a good start.
3. Soil PH adjustment is a must. Spinach loves a soil Ph in the range of 6.5-7.0, also cultivate the soil to ensure that there are no rocks and that soil is smoothly even.
4. Place seeds about 1/2 inch in soil and space about 12 inches apart because spinach needs room to grow. This spacing is also good for proper air circulation.
5. Once the seed is in the hole cover and press gently.
6. Water seeds adequately for plant’s overall health.
Other options or planting methods
Care of spinach
A. Fertilizing spinach with an organic fertilizer will and can help. Follow as directed.
B. Mulch your planting area helps to keep weeds down along with keeping soil temperature cool.
C. Allow spinach to dry out a bit between watering.
D. As mention above thin leaves to ensure that sufficient space is between each individual plant for proper air circulation.
Common Pests of Spinach
Insects such as leafhoppers, snails, armyworms, aphids, leafminers, caterpillars, cutworms and flea beetles are a common pest which can be controlled by using insecticides That are formulated for control.
Organic fertilizers are a great choice or check with your nurseryman and garden centre sales persons on treatment. You can also click on the link to learn more about these insecticides that may offer some help.
Diseases of Spinach
Disease of Spinach may include damping off, leaf spot, The use of fungicides can help treat and bring these diseases under control.
A word of Warning. When using pesticides on crops to be eaten purchase only pesticides that are formulated to be used on crops
Start harvesting your spinach when leaves are mature, most varieties can be harvested anywhere from 40-45 days. If the time of harvest is delay leaves will become bitter.
The leaves can be harvested by cutting at the stem with a pruner, knife or scissors.
The final word
Growing and harvesting your own homegrown spinach is really amazing and as you supercharge your diet with this superfood, let’s give it a try as we grow healthy, and eat to live longer.