Spinach Planting Guide: How To Grow Spinach In The Home Garden
What Is Spinach?
Spinach is a member of the cabbage family. They are members of the same plant kingdom. They have similar leaves and stems, but they look very different because their coloration varies greatly depending upon where it grows. Most commonly known as spinach, its name comes from the Latin word spina which means “leaf.”
Spinach is one of the most nutritious vegetables. Its high levels of vitamin A, C and K make it a good source of food for children. It contains iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Spinach is rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6 and folate. Spinach also contains chlorophyll which helps plants absorb sunlight energy better than other green leafy vegetables such as lettuce or kale.
How To Grow Spinach In The Home Garden
Growing spinach indoors is not difficult. You just need to follow some basic steps. First of all, you will need a container that’s large enough for your plants to spread out comfortably. Next, you’ll want to provide light so that the plants get enough nutrients and water while at the same time keeping them healthy and vigorous. Finally, you’ll want to fertilize your spinach regularly with organic fertilizer made specifically for spinach plants.
There are many different types of containers for growing small plants indoors. You can even use wooden crates or plastic tubs as long as they have adequate drainage. Just drill some holes in the bottom.
Spinach plants thrive in good lighting conditions so you will want to find a spot in your home that receives a large amount of natural light. An East- or West-facing window would work well. If this isn’t possible, you may have to invest in a grow light of some type. These are widely available at your local home and garden center or on the internet.
You should fertilize your plants every couple of weeks with a small amount of fertilizer made for leafy green vegetables. Follow the instructions on the packaging for correct amounts and application intervals.
Water your plants when the soil feels dry about an inch down. Don’t let it become completely dry or soak wet. Excess water can drown your plants just like it can people, so be careful to only water when necessary.
Spinach is a cool-weather vegetable, so it should be planted during the spring or fall seasons. It does best in moderate temperatures. You’ll want to start your plants indoors about six weeks before you plan on transplanting them outdoors. Follow the instructions on the back of the seed packet for proper planting and care techniques.
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