“I yam what I yam!” If you remember Popeye’s squeezing a can full of spinach and eating it all to recover his strong and muscular figure, then you’re probably aware of the plant’s most valuable benefits.
Popeye loves his spinach (and we do too)! It’s easy to grow and can be found in all sorts of recipes: also, it strengthens the immune system and keeps your skin fresh and healthy!
Check our amazing tips on how to grow amazing spinach (for amazing Popeye muscles):
How to seed spinach?
Spinaches are really easy to grow and harvest (and even easier to cook)! However, you’ll really need to take care of the soil temperature, since they’re very demanding plants when it comes to weather.
They’re not fond of the heat and don’t germinate unless the temperature is above 85ºF. If the weather is too hot, the plants can turn to seed production, which reduces the quality of the leaves for cooking and eating.
When planting, pick a location where you can guarantee cool temperatures and, also, 6 hours of sunlight per day.
Also, remember to give space to spinach seedlings so they can thrive. Crowded garden containers may result in weak, stunted growth and quick bolting.
Spinaches adore moisture! A consistent humidity is important, because it also keeps the taproots and deeper thinner roots hydrated. When watering a spinach plant, water about 1” per week in slightly warmer weather.
A regular, slow-drip irrigation is great for them, however, make sure not to bloat the seedlings: spinaches need a well-drained soil. It’s essential for the plant, since it doesn’t tolerate much standing water and need a slightly alkaline condition.
Harvesting spinach plants
The only pruning you’ll need to do is to harvest its leaves during the growing season. Since spinach is an annual plant, once you’ve got a bunch of leaves, sprouts and microgreens, it’s definitely time to start harvesting.
There are two ways of harvesting spinach: you can cut the stems off below the leaf or snip the entire top of the plant. Be very gentle while harvesting, because the leaves can bruise easily and the leaves can decline faster.
Be careful not to remove all of the leaves, because the plant will not grow to maturity. You can do it by snipping off the leaves at the stem with scissors.
After harvesting, add them to plate!
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