How to Harvest Spinach From the Soil

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Harvesting spinach from the soil is basically the same as harvesting directly from the plant. Learn how to harvest spinach from the soil with help from the founder of Gardenerd in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Christy Wilhelmi from Gardenerd. And this is how to harvest spinach from the soil. Harvesting spinach from the soil is basically the same as harvesting from the plant. So we'll talk about that. Spinach is best harvested after it's been in the ground for about six to eight weeks after it's been transplanted out. Now that's if you are using transplants that you are putting in the ground. If you are going from seed it will take a little bit longer than that. But either way eventually you'll have leaves that are about four inches long with several sets of leaves on the plant and they'll be ready to pick them. And you'll just get a sense of it. The large leaves are ready to pick. Spinach grows from the center like many other greens. So the new leaves are going to start out really small from the center of the plant. And then as they grow larger they'll be towards the outside of the plant. So when your leaves are ready you can harvest them from there. So basically you are going to look around the outside perimeter of the plant and look for a bigger leaf that's ready to pick. You can use shears to prune and harvest or you can just use these two fingers. Those are my favorite. So basically you are going to come in here and pinch off the leaves at the stem just like this. And there you go. And when you are done I like to soak my leaves in a bowl or a bucket of water for about 20 minutes. And then put them in the refrigerator with a paper towel at the bottom of a bag. And that keeps them fresh for several weeks. I'm Christy Wilhelmi with GardenNerd and this was how to harvest spinach from the soil.

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