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Growing Spinach

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Spinach is easy to grow and extremely healthy.

Dark green, leafy spinach is one of the garden's healthiest vegetables. Raw spinach contains over 80 nutrients, including iron, calcium, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C. 


Dark green, leafy spinach is one of the garden's healthiest vegetables. Raw spinach contains over 80 nutrients, including iron, calcium, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C.  Even when cooked, spinach contains more than 100 percent of many essential vitamins and minerals.


Plant spinach in spring when soil temperatures range from 45 to 75 F. Enrich soil with manure or compost and plant the spinach seeds 2 inches apart under 1 inch of soil. Firmly pat the soil to insulate the seed and encourage better germination.

Thin spinach to 6 inches apart when plants have two sets of true leaves. Weed the spinach bed often, and water spinach to a depth of 12 to 18 inches. You can use a layer of mulch around the spinach plants, but don't let the mulch touch the stems. Fertilize with fish emulsion every two weeks.

Enjoy spinach in salads, pastas and sandwiches. Harvest outer leaves as needed to extend the harvest.
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