How to Pick Spinach Off the Plant

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Harvesting spinach can happy anytime the plant is a decent size. Pick spinach off the plant with help from the founder of Gardenerd in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Christy Wilhelmi from Gardenerd. And this is how to pick spinach off the plant. Harvesting spinach can happen anytime the plant is of a decent size. And what that means is basically the plant needs to have at least a few sets of leaves on it. And I like wait until at least the leaves are about four inches long. So at a small size you can start picking spinach at about this size. Basically spinach grows from the center of the plant. So you want to harvest the outside leaves. And if you just keep harvesting the outside leaves it will keep growing from the center for about three months. So you get a lot out of one plant. It's kind of exciting that way. So to harvest individual leaves you can simply pinch them off with your fingers or use pruning shears. I'm going to use my fingers cause that's the easiest thing for me. But if your plants are at all delicate and you are afraid of pulling out the whole plant then by all means use shears. So what I'm going to do here is grab a single leaf and I use my thumb and my forefinger. And I basically pinch down with my finger and pinch off the leaf like that. And what I like to do when I harvest any salad greens but especially spinach is to put them in a pail or a sink full of water for about 20 minutes. I like to harvest in the morning cause that's when they have the most, most moisture in the leaves. But soaking it in water will actually plump up the cells of the lettuce and the salad, and the salad greens, and the spinach even more. So do that before you put it in a plastic bag with a paper towel on the bottom and store it in the refrigerator. I'm Christy Wilhelmi with Gardenerd and this was how to pick spinach off the plant.

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