How to Grow Spinach in Heat

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Growing spinach in the hot weather can be a bit of a challenge. Find out how to grow spinach in heat 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 grow spinach in heat. Growing spinach in the hot weather can be a bit of a challenge. But there are things that you can do to help keep your spinach happy and growing, thriving in the garden during hot weather. So one of the easiest things to do is to put shade cloth over it. Now shade cloth looks like this and it's available in different thicknesses. So it allows anywhere between 30 to 70 percent of the sun through. I like to use something that's sort of in between of 50 to 60 percent shade cloth will help. And basically what you do is you put stakes in the ground. And you situate them on either side of your rows or your patch where ever your spinach is growing. And then drape the shade cloth over the top of that. And that way the light from the sun will come through but not as intensely. And you can still water through it cause the water drips right through the shade cloth. There's another way to grow spinach that's a little bit less likely to bolt in the first place. So you can choose bolt resistant varieties. There are a couple that I like to grow Bloomsdale spinach is one of those. Or you can grow a hybrid variety which is usually bred specifically to be slow to bolt. That's what it will say on the package. And that variety is called Olympia. And there are a ton of others. Simply look for bolt resistant varieties. There are two other alternative varieties of spinach that I would recommend that you grow. One is it's called Orach Mountain spinach spelled O-r-a-c-h. And Orach Mountain spinach this is a little baby one that has volunteered here in the garden. It's not technically a spinach but it grows really well in warm weather. And it eats and behaves just like a spinach. You can eat it raw or cooked. It has that you know heart shaped or airhead shaped leaves that are sometimes purple and sometimes green. And they are very iridescent and quite beautiful. And if it does bolt it still doesn't taste bitter. So it's a really good green for your salads no matter what. Another kind is called Malabar spinach and that's also technically not a spinach. But it's a vining crop. So it grows up a trellis and you pick those leaves and it's very, very drought tolerant and bolt resistant. So try those and see if they work for you. I'm Christy Wilhelmi with Gardenerd and this was how to grow spinach in heat.

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