Grow this surprisingly pretty spinach as a baby green to enjoy its highest nutritional value and beauty. The vibrant red stalks and veins contrast nicely against the deep green of the arrow shaped leaves, adding more interest to your mix of salad greens. Grows very fast too, from seed to table in just 40 days.
Sow spinach seeds in average soil in early spring for first crop, again in late summer for fall crop. In the South, sow in fall. Sow thinly in rows 11/2-2’ apart. Cover with 1/2" of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
How to Grow Spinach
To grow full heads, thin to stand about 6" apart when seedlings are 1-2" high. If growing for baby leaf use, do not thin. Due to its shallow roots, spinach plants need 1-11/2" of rain or consistent watering weekly for continuous growth.
Harvest the outer leaves when they reach 3" long. For baby leaf snip as needed, when leaves reach about 2" long. When warm weather arrives and seed stalks develop, harvest the entire plants immediately. In addition to uses in salads and as garnishes, spinach can be boiled, steamed, saut¿ed, stir-fried, or creamed.