spinach in farmland

If you are growing spinach in your backyard, you know it is a very versatile vegetable with several uses in the dinner table. And in addition to that, it is one of the healthiest vegetables to eat! Spinach thrives in cooler weather, so plant a few to keep gardening and eating fresh produce in the cooler months. One of the terrific things about growing lettuce is the fact that it does not need much time to achieve harvest. In actuality, you can eat the leaves at any stage, so it is ready to be harvested whenever you desire a spinach dish.

Spinach History

Wild spinach is thought to come from the Middle East and southwest Asia. It was developed as a crop in Persia, before spreading east and west to China and the Mediterranean area. It was made popular throughout Europe from the French in the 14th century. It was also common in England and Germany at this time. Many years after, in the 19th century, it made the trip across the Atlantic to be cultivated by Americans.

Although best well-known because of its iron content, spinach has a number of other good minerals and vitamins. It’s got a lot of Vitamins A, C, and K, plus folate (Vitamin B), so it is among the healthiest vegetables to eat.

Growing Spinach

As usual, the first thing to prepare is your dirt. Spinach does not like acidity, so ensure that your soil has a pH of approximately 6.5. Remember that 7.0 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic, and above 7 is basic. Besides acidity, be certain your soil has a high degree of nitrogen. Spinach enjoys a loamy soil, so ensure you have a fantastic mixture that is not predominantly clay or mainly sand. Additionally, to make the best loam, be sure to have loaded it with a great deal of compost prior to planting. Once your soil is ready, make sure the temperature is ideal. Spinach can grow at much cooler temperatures than many other vegetables, so 50 degrees F is when you’re able to begin.

Moving to seeds, it is ideal to utilize relatively new ones, although spinach seeds may save up to 3 years prior to planting. When sowing your spinach seeds, place them about 1/2″ deep into the floor, and space them at 4-6″ linearly, with 12″ between rows. There’s a reason for keeping them spread out like this, and that is so that thinning is kept to a minimum. Spinach roots are extremely delicate as seedlings, so having to transplant or disturb seedlings too close together can do a great deal of harm to them. So it’s ideal to give them space to grow. Just think of it as trading space for time or energy.

Spinach requires less than 3/4 inch of rain each week. So be prepared to water in case you don’t receive sufficient rain.

Issues

The first problem you must be conscious of is high acidity. As stated before, spinach cannot deal with an acidic soil. If this is the circumstance, you will see that the spinach leaves turn yellow and grow very slowly. Next, be watching for molds and fungus. Since spinach prefers a cool and moist environment, it’s vulnerable to these parasites. To create the conditions less attractive to fungus and molds, be sure that the area is well ventilated, in addition to drained, so the water evaporates from the leaves fast. Additionally, you can water in the morning so the water evaporates.

Conclusion

One nice thing about lettuce is the fact the fact that the leaves are edible at any time during the developing process. Generally 1-1.5 weeks is the perfect time, but try pulling some younger leaves to experiment with the tastes and time in your garden. Once you harvest the leaves, try not to handle them a lot to avoid damage.