How to Raise Spinach

Growing spinach can be easy so long as you know what to do. Find out how to grow spinach with help from the founder of Gardenerd in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Growing Greens

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Christy Wilhelmi from Gardenerd. And this is how to raise spinach. Growing spinach can be easy. It has a little bit of a challenge to it but for the most part it's pretty straight forward. The first thing you want to do is make sure you condition your soil with lots of compost. The nitrogen in the compost will help the lettuce and spinach, and other greens grow really well. But we are talking about spinach so. With spinach in particular if you are growing from seed it's a good idea to follow the instructions on the back of your seed packet. And the seed packet will tell you everything you need to know. For example it will tell you how far apart to space the seeds. And in this case spinach likes to be about six to eight inches. Well you can even do as close as four inches apart if you want it to grow biointensively meaning close together. So you'll drill a hole. And you want to plant your seeds about a half inch to one inch deep. And once you've planted your seeds just back fill the holes and water evenly every single day till you see them germinate. Now spinach can take between six and twelve days to germinate. And I like to mark my calendar to know whether or not they've come up. And if they don't come up I can replant immediately. Another thing that's important to know is that you may want to protect your spinach seedlings because they are a favorite of little critters like sow bugs and earwigs, and pincher bugs, and things like that. So covering your seed bed with floating row cover which is a garden fabric that lets the sun and water penetrate through. That will help protect the seeds as they germinate and get big and strong. Once again, I'm Christy Wilhelmi with Gardenerd. And that was how to raise spinach.

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