Most of us may be familiar with the famous cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man, right? Popeye is a weak person until he eats his most favorite food which is also the source of his super strength- spinach.
The spinach plant is filled with nutrients that our body needs (no wonder why Popeye is so strong). It is rich also rich in vitamins like vitamins A and C that boost our immune system and keeps us from easily getting sick, and it can be eaten cooked or raw.
If you are interested in growing green and leafy spinach in your garden, then you should have knowledge about the cultivation and propagation process in growing this plant. You should accumulate enough idea and knowledge regarding what is best and what is bad for this plant.
Here are a few tips in growing your own spinach garden:
The soil’s condition should be one of the major focuses when growing vegetables like spinach. The soil is the ultimate source of water and nutrients that plants and vegetables need in order to make their own food and grow healthily.
Spinaches are vegetables that are known to grow fast so it also consumes nutrients in a rapid manner. It is better to use a fertilizer that contains high level of nitrogen to help produce dark green, healthy leaves. If you want to go for organic farming, you can make use of soy meal or fish emulsion as alternative to synthetic fertilizers.
Spinaches can either be planted or seeded directly or indoors as soon as the soil in your garden is in workable condition. The spinach plant is known to grow rapidly so the idea of planting them indoors 2 to 3 weeks prior to your plan of transplanting them is discouraged. Growing quickly, the spinach plant also matures and seeds at a fast rate so it would be much better if you are to re-seed them every week, rather than trying to plant a very large crop to be harvested all at once.
When planting spinach, it is much advised to sow the seeds at a distance of about ½ ft. apart and away from each other. Cover lightly with soil to allow them to sprout easily and water adequately. Always remember to keep the soil watered and moist until the seeds germinate.
Pests and Problems
The main enemy of the spinach plant is fungus. Fungus likes areas where it is damp or cool. Proper spacing of the spinach plant is advised to allow them to “breathe” and get good air circulation, as well as receive adequate sunlight and dry up to keep them from contacting fungal diseases.