Welcome to Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Easy Gardening vegetable videos. Today we’ll be looking closely at spinach from soil preparation, to planting through harvest.
Greens grow best in a well-drained soil. They prefer full sunlight but will tolerate partial shade.
Spinach has a deep taproot so the soil must be worked at least 8 to 10 inches deep. Work the soil into planting beds about 4 inches high. This is especially important in heavy soils.
Use a hoe handle, stick, or similar tool to make planting furrows about ½ inch deep and 1½ to 2 feet apart down the bed. Plant seeds about 1 inch apart down the row and cover with loose soil or compost.
After the plants come up and become crowded in the row, begin thinning to 3-4 inches between plants. Do not throw away thinned plants, as they make excellent tender greens.
Harvest spinach when plants are 6 to 8 inches tall. For the fall crop in milder areas of Texas, clip the leaves just above the crown about 1 to 2 inches above ground level. Pull up the entire plant in the spring, since it stops producing in hot weather.
Wash and chill the harvested leaves immediately.
Happy eating from Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Junior Master Gardener program.