When you look at the nutritional value and tastes of spinach, there's no denying that eating more often of this leafy vegetable is good for you. It is one of the healthiest of all the leafy vegetables, and it's extremely rich in iron and vitamin A. Also, delicious fresh or steamed cooked, this hardy, perennial crop flourishes in hot, sunny weather. Plant spinach seeds either early in spring or late in autumn (but not in winter), or in late winter to early spring, before the last frost.
The biggest benefit of planting spinach seeds is that you can grow your own garden vegetables, especially if you live in a region with a cold climate. This hearty crop will grow well in any location that has warm weather, including urban apartments and condos. When you are planting, make sure that you have good drainage; good drainage will allow your seeds to germinate properly. If you don't have good drainage, your plants may develop root rot, which will reduce their nutrients.
In order for your seeds to germinate properly, you'll need an excellent starter soil. Make sure that the seeds you use are germinating before you plant them, because the earlier they're planted, the better. This is why it's important to buy your seeds from a reputable company. Some companies will offer you a selection of different types of seeds to choose from. When you're planting spinach seeds, make sure that you spread the seedlings out by using stakes or some other method, so that they don't all end up in the same spot. Spread them out as far as you comfortably can, but not too close together.
After about six to eight weeks, depending on the type of seed you chose, your seedlings will begin to grow and develop. The number of leaves that you see will determine how fast your plant grows. For example, if you have a lot of small leaves, your spinach seeds will grow quite slowly. But, if you have a large number of large leaves, your plant will grow quite quickly.
Spinach seeds are not hardy at all. They do not do well outdoors or in extremely cold temperatures. So, be sure that you plan on planting your seeds a bit early, even when you're planting other, hardier plants, like tomatoes. This way, you can make sure that your germination time is long enough to ensure success with your planting.
It's also very important to remember that you should mix your soil with the seedling very gently. Spinach seeds can be quite small, so you don't want to break them up too much when you are planting them. So, work them into the soil with your spade. Just be sure that your spade does not move around too much while you are working it. A little water will help the seeds stay wet and therefore germinate.
It will take about a year for your Spinach seeds to produce sprouts after they are planted. During this time, you should keep your garden watered and watch for any weeds. As the plant grows and matures, it will need more light to grow healthy. So, if you want to be able to see your spinach grown up and ready for eating, you will need to provide them with an ample amount of sunlight.
Some methods used for growing spinach include direct sow, or sun-seed. In direct sow, the seed is planted directly into the soil. It is best to place it close to the house, but not in direct sun. If you have seed which will not survive until spring, you may consider hybrid spinach seeds. Hybrid seeds are the same as traditional ones, only they have a little seed to give to the seedling after it has been planted.