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
Type : Vegetable, annual
Height : 20 to 30 cm
Exposure : Partial shade to shade
Ground : Rich enough
Harvest : January to December
- Health Benefits of Spinach
- All our spinach-based recipes
The cultivation and maintenance of spinach is easy and the harvest often generous if you take some care..
Spinach: Sowing and planting
The ideal sowing period for spinach is at early spring and at the end of summer.
Spinach dreads heat and may not stand the summer heat.
Cultivation in the ground:
Summer harvest : Spinach is sown in place from March to May.
Fall and winter harvest : Spinach is sown from August to September.
Be careful, spinach does not like hot weather.
Seed in row respecting a depth of 2 to 3 cm for the seeds and clear up from the appearance of the first leaves to about 10-15 cm.
- When sowing, it is best to use potting soil to cover the seeds.
- Water in fine rain after sowing and, that, until emergence.
- Once the seedling has emerged, thin out to 10-15 cm, which generally amounts to removing 1 in 2 plants.
- The soil should always remain slightly moist.
Here is a vegetable that grows very well in a pot or in a planter on a terrace or balcony.
Apart from sowing, which is carried out as in the ground, care must be taken to water regularly.
Caring for spinach
Caring for spinach requires some care, especially in the summer when it is still hot.
Spinach hate drought and the hot weather.
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 Mosaic, that is to say that the foliage takes different colors, pull up diseased plants and make them disappear.
Beware of little animals!
Spinach hates slugs and snails, mildew (a form of mold) leaves yellowish marks on their leaves. When the seedlings melt, the seedlings collapse.
Also watch out for the cucumber mosaic, which weakens plants.
The cultivation of spinach is easy and very fast. You can harvest them 1 month and a half after sowing.
By favoring the picking a few leaves regularly, you will encourage the appearance of new shoots. If you pull the whole plant out, it won't grow again.
Spinach is tasted fresh or cooked and growing them yourself gives them a flavor quite different from what we know ...
For the spinach preservation it is best to freeze them after washing and then roughly chopping the leaves.
You can also blanch them by boiling them for 1 minute in water and then dipping them directly into cold water. This technique allows keep the green of the spinach.Once blanched, they can be frozen.
Finally, we can just keep them a few days in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator.
Here are some good varieties of spinach to select according to your tastes but also according to their sowing and growing period.
Winter giant 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, broad 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 is cultivated practically throughout the year
Quite hardy, it is a spinach that is sown in the spring for a harvest until early summer.
A summer variety, it is a spinach that withstands summer heat very well and therefore has less tendency to go to seed.
Very resistant to most diseases, especially downy mildew, you will get large harvests from spring to early winter.
Good to know about spinach
Native to Iran, spinach has long been appreciated for its taste and excellent nutritional properties.
If the spinach contains iron, it is especially Popeye who made this reputation very exaggerated because the quantities are very limited compared to other foods.
Spinach is mostly rich in nitrates which are then transformed into nitrites under the effect of chewing by the mouth, and intovitamin B9.
Raw spinach is rich in vitamins C. We will also note a good presence of vitamins E, of pro-vitamins A, of calcium, of magnesium and of fibers.
Raw or cooked, eating spinach is excellent for your health.
Spinach is a good green manure and its excellent for crop rotation and enriching impoverished soils.
- Also to discover, the spinach pie
- All spinach recipes
- Also: health benefits of spinach