Spinach is an easy and quick to grow leafy vegetable, ideal for spring and fall.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Spinocia oleracea
Family : Amaranthaceae
Kind : Vegetable, annual

: 20 to 30 cm
Exposure : Partial shade to shade
Floor : Rich enough

Harvest : January to December

Growing and caring for spinach is easy and the harvest is often generous as long as you take care of it..

Spinach: Sowing and planting

The ideal sowing time for spinach is around early spring and at the end of summer.

Spinach fears heat and may not be able to withstand the summer heat.

Cultivation in the ground:

summer harvest : We sow in place spinach from March to May.spinach culture

Autumn and winter harvest : Spinach is sown from August to September.

Be careful, spinach does not like hot weather.

Proceed to a row sowing respecting a depth of 2 to 3 cm for the seeds and clarify as soon as the first leaves appear at about 10-15 cm.

  • When sowing, it is best to use potting soil to cover the seeds.
  • Water in fine rain after sowing and, this, until emergence.
  • Once the seedling has emerged, thin out to 10-15 cm, which generally amounts to removing 1 plant out of 2.
  • The soil should always remain slightly moist.

Potted spinach:

Here is a suitable vegetable, spinach grows very well in pots or planters on a terrace or balcony.

Apart from sowing, which is done as in the ground, care must be taken to water regularly.

Spinach Care

The maintenance of spinach requires some care, especially in summer when it is still hot.

Spinach hate drought and the strong heat.

It’s important to mulch the ground in summer to maintain humidity and to protect them from the first winter frosts.

  • If your spinach were to suffer from Mosaicthat is to say that the foliage takes on different colorsuproot diseased plants and make them disappear.

Beware of small animals!

Spinach hates slugs and snailsthe mildew (form of mould) leaves yellowish marks on their leaves. When the seedlings melt, the seedlings collapse.

Also beware of the virus cucumber mosaicwhich weakens the plants.

Spinach harvest

spinach harvestSpinach cultivation is easy and very fast. You can collect them 1 month and a half after sowing.

By privileging the picking a few leaves regularly, you will promote the appearance of new shoots. If you pull out the whole plant, it won’t grow back.

Spinach is eaten fresh or cooked and the fact of growing them yourself gives them a flavor quite different from the one we know…

Storing spinach

For the storing spinach it is best to freeze them after having washed and roughly cut the leaves.

You can also blanch them by scalding them for 1 minute in water and then immersing them directly in cold water. This technique allows to keep the spinach green. Once blanched, they can be frozen.

Finally, we can simply keep them a few days in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator.

Varieties of spinach

Here are some good varieties of spinach to select according to your tastes but also according to their sowing and growing period.

  • Giant winter spinach:

It is one of the most winter-hardy varieties. It is sown in autumn and winter depending on the region for a harvest from October to December. Its leaves are large, wide and thick.

  • Viroflay monstrous spinach:

It is sown in spring or at the end of summer, it is appreciated for its resistance to summer heat provided it is protected from the scorching sun. It grows almost all year round

Quite hardy, it is a spinach that is sown in the spring for a harvest until the beginning of summer.

A summer variety, it is a spinach that tolerates summer heat very well and therefore has less tendency to go to seed.

Very resistant to most diseases, especially mildewyou will reap big harvests from spring to early winter.

All you need to know about spinach

spinachOriginally from Iran, spinach has long been appreciated for its taste and its excellent nutritional properties.

If the spinach contains ironit is especially Popeye who made this reputation very exaggerated because the quantities remain very limited compared to other foods.

Spinach is especially rich in nitrates which are then transformed into nitrites under the effect of chewing by the mouth, and into vitamin B9.

Raw spinach is rich in vitamins C. We also note a good presence of vitamins Eof pro-vitamins Aof calciumof magnesium and of fibers.

Raw or cooked, the consumption of spinach is excellent for health.

Spinach is from the same family asamaranth whose leaves and seeds are eaten.

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