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wake up the garden with great greens; spinach

by dig the dirt editor

If you love fresh spinach salad, early spring is the perfect time to grow the best leaves.

Rich in iron, calcium and many other vitamins and minerals, spinach is an easy to grow dark leafy green that can be added to hundreds of recipes.  The crispy, thick and sweet taste of spinch is a great compliment vegetable or can be cooked and eaten all on its own with just a little garlic, olive oil and lemon.                   


Planting spinch seeds:

  • plant 2" apart
  • plant 1/4" deep
  • make sure to thin out successful plants 4" apart or trim smaller leaves out around edges of plants
  • plant 4-6 weeks before last frost
  • germinates in 40-50 days
  • can be replanted again in late summer as weather cools

Other ways to cook garden grown spring spinach:

  • wash it well in several rinses of cool water
  • steam it gently in just the water that clings to the leaves this takes only a few minutes
  • add a knob of sweet butter to season it to perfection


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