Spinach originated in Iran and was found in China
by 64 A.D., and in Spain by 1100 A.D. Spinach was
brought to American shores by the colonists.
Spinach can be planted as soon as you dig up your
soil in March or April. A fun thing to try is to dig
up your spinach bed in the fall and in late winter
broadcast the spinach seed over the snow or frozen
ground. The spinach will germinate as the soil thaws
out. You can make weekly plantings of spinach during
the cool spring months.
Sow 12-15 seeds for each row of spinach. How many
seeds would you need if you planted three rows? Rows
should be at least 12 inches apart. Cover the seed
with 1/2 inch of soil. When the spinach plants are
one inch tall, thin them to 2-4 inches apart.
Spinach likes to be well watered and also likes to
grow in a fertile, well drained soil.
Harvest the outer leaves when they are 3 inches long.
Allow the younger leaves to grow bigger for a later
harvest. For the tastiest spinach, pick the leaves
when they are young and small.