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    How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Malabar Spinach

    Malabar spinach

    Malabar spinach is a warm-season leafy crop that can be used as a hot-weather substitute for spinach and lettuce. You can follow an early spring crop of spinach or lettuce with a planting of Malabar spinach. Malabar spinach is a vining plant with thick, succulent, edible leaves. It is often compared to spinach, but it […] More

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    Spinach Growing Tips

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    Spinach is a cool-weather crop that grows best when the daytime temperature remains consistently below 75°F–commonly in spring or fall. Young plants will bolt when exposed to temperatures below 40°F, but mature plants can withstand temperatures as low as 20°F. Spinach is ready for picking in about 40 days; for a continuous harvest, sow spinach […] More

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    How to Harvest and Store Spinach

    Spinach leaves

    Harvest spinach when the leaves are tender and big enough to eat.  Spinach is ready for picking 40 to 65 days after sowing. When to Harvest Spinach Harvest spinach as close to mealtime as possible for the best flavor. Spinach grows best between 60° and 65°F (15°-18°C)—commonly during spring or autumn. Plants commonly flower (bolt) […] More

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    When to Plant Spinach

    Spinach seedlings

    Sow spinach seeds in the garden as soon as the ground is workable in spring. If you wait, warm weather and long days will trigger seed stalk formation and the leaves will become bitter tasting. Spinach seeds will germinate in cool soil. Days at 60°F (16°C) and nights as low as 40°F (4°C) is warm […] More

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    Spinach Planting

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    Plant spinach in cool weather. It is well suited for the spring and autumn gardens. Spinach can be planted in soil as chilly as 35ºF (2ºC). Sow spinach seed in the garden 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost date. Spinach is a fast crop and can be harvested in 35 to 50 […] More

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    Spinach Cooking and Serving Tips

    Spinach and strawberry salad

    Spinach has just the right balance of flavor—sharp and hearty but not overpowering. It is equally versatile raw or cooked. There are two main types of spinach: flat-leafed and savoy or crinkle-leafed. The more tender and mild tasting of the two is flat-leafed, especially the baby varieties. Savoy spinach has a stronger flavor with a […] More