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Growing Spinach

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If you are someone who enjoys salads then growing spinach leaves will leave you with a plethora of fresh leaves to make into salads or fixings on sandwiches and burgers. Growing spinach leaves also will give you a steady supply of dark, leafy green veggies that are healthier. The darker it is the healthier the plant is for humans. You could buy spinach leaves at grocery stores, but growing spinach leaves yourself will provide a richer experience, and it will save you money in the long run.

                It is a fairly simple process in growing spinach leaves and great for those who have never grown vegetables before. Another great thing in growing spinach is the stronger adaptability the vegetable is during cooler climates. This is one of the rare instances where buying spinach plants and growing seeds from indoors is unnecessary since spinach seeds germinate. All you need to do is plant the seeds half an inch into the ground and at least two inches apart. Make sure the soil has a proper balance of phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium for growth. Soil is a key building block in growing any vegetable.  Set up a neat row for consistency and plenty of room. Planting seeds every other week will secure a steady supply of spinach leaves. As the plants get taller you may want to trim the leaves to give them plenty of room to grow. To make them grow six inches tall, use fish emulsion every other week.

                When in the mature stage, be sure to mulch in order to trap in moisture and heat. When leafy enough, harvest before the plants begins to bloom. While growing spinach leaves, be sure to look out for pests like ants, worms and other tiny insects that may want to latch onto your spinach. A difficult part in growing any vegetable is keeping bugs away since you cannot always be there to care for you plants. Look for extra tiny insects that like to latch on to leaves and eat them. If you pick up any leaf, you will see tiny holes in them. The holes you see are from small insects that like to munch on leaves all day. This is important to remember since these same tiny insects will eat your spinach leaves like normal leaves.  Organic pesticide is always best when trying to keep bugs away. The great thing about natural pesticide is lack of odor and it is safe for plants, humans and animals. You can spray organic pesticides on your plants, but be sure not to overdo it. Growing spinach leaves is one of those rare times when you don’t want the plant to grow to its fullest stage. When harvesting, you’ll have all the access to spinach leaves you need to make salads and delicious spinach recipes. You’ll be surprised how different spinach leaves taste when grown directly from the ground. 

  • Growing Spinach Successfully