How to Germinate and Grow Spinach Seeds
The nutritional value of the spinach is outstanding; the most important feature is that it contains a high amount of dietary fibers, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It can be used as the staple diet of children because of its rich nutritional content. The best time to eat spinach is raw and cooked. It has more vitamin C than any other vegetable. It is the best source of soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol level and prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries.
The outer coating of the spinach is made up of five percent of dietary fiber. The raw of spinach (Spinach seeds, Spinach leaf, spinach stems) has been loaded with calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese and vitamin C. The mineral constituents of the spinach are very important for the human body. The edible part of Spinach seeds is rich in antioxidant enzymes and vitamins. The nutritional value of the spinach is more than what you can get from carrots and cauliflower.
Water is vital for the growth of plants and the survival. So, the spinach seeds should be sown in fertile soil and watered frequently. In order to grow healthy, the soil must be enriched with nutrients like phosphorous, calcium, iron and beta carotene. There are many soil fertilizers available in the market which can help you increase the fertility of the soil and improve the overall quality of the crop.
Harvest the Spinach seeds just after the umbel has bloomed. The germination stage of the seed takes place only when the plant starts to form and begin to grow. The process of germination takes more time and at that time the plant needs more support so that the yield can reach to its complete potential. For best yield, sowing should be done just before the last frost.
Harvest the leaves of the spinach plant and keep them in a mesh basket. When the leaf starts to dry then it can be separated from the seeds. The spinach leaves contain a lot of chlorophyll which is a source of energy for the plants. You can use this chlorophyll to add color to your salad or make juices out of it.
Make some juice out of the spinach leaves. If you do not have a water source then you can use the pulp of the spinach and add a pinch of salt to make a tasty and refreshing beverage. This drink can be used for steaming or for cooking as well. This is a fun and easy way to add flavor to your meals. The spinach seeds will provide you with lots of energy to nurture the crops during the cold season and the leaves will help your crops to remain green and grow more quickly too.
It takes a few weeks for the seeds of the spinach plants to germinate. This is because the growing medium needs to be kept moist and it also needs to have plenty of air. During this period you can water the seeds and the leaves regularly. Keep checking periodically to make sure that the plants are growing properly. When you find that there are some signs of rot or diseases in the plants, you should remove them and replace them with new ones.
Once the seedlings have been planted and the soil is warm and there is no danger of disease, you can feed them with fertilizer. Avoid giving free fertilizer to the seedlings. Add the fertilizer after the crop is developed and after the plant has been able to absorb the nutrients from the fertilizer.