When you’ve got the winter blues and are eager to get something green started in your garden, growing spinach might be the season extender you’ve been looking for. As one of the earliest plants to be ready in the springtime, spinach is full of the vitamins and nutrients that your body will be craving after a long winter without freshly grown produce.
As a satisfying cool-weather crop, spinach grows large yields of antioxidant-rich leaves in chilly conditions, but be warned; even the hint of temperatures above 80 degrees will be enough to end your spinach crop.
The secret to success with growing spinach is to get it in the ground early as early as you can. Once you plant your spinach, you’ll be well ahead of the seasonal growing game. And, you will be enjoying delicious spinach salads while the rest of your gardening friends are waiting for the weather to warm up enough to sprout their tomatoes.
Start Growing Spinach
Because spinach grows so early in the season, it’s easiest to simply direct sow your seeds when conditions are right. After the soil is workable, you can plant a few seeds every week. That way you can stagger your harvest and extend your spinach season. However, an alternative is to purchase transplants from plant nurseries. This will allow you to plant when it’s slightly too late in the season.