Growing Spinach

Kitchen Gardening
// May 28, 2016
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Growing Spinach:

Spinach is renowned for high health benefits. It is used in salads and cooked too. It grows 25 cm high featuring arrow-shaped leaves.

To grow well Spinach requires rich, fertile, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter so that it does not dry in hot conditions. Traditionally it is a winter vegetable but can be grown during summers. There are a few varieties that grow best in warm and mild climates. Sow seeds about 1 cm (½ in) deep and 30 cm (1 ft) apart. As the seed germinate, thin them to 15 cm (6 in) apart. You can use these thinnings as baby spinach.

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Spinach Problems:

Like various other leafy vegetables, Snails and Slugs pose a threat to Spinach.

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Harvesting:

Pick up Baby Spinach when it is young and tender. The plants grow well in 8 to 10 weeks. Avoid pulling the plant and use a knife instead.

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Buying and Storing Spinach:

Spinach leaves are very delicate, so while buying ensure that the leaves are not wilted or shriveled. Keep them in a plastic bag in a crisper section of the refrigerator for a day or two.

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Health Benefits of Spinach:

Spinach is not rich in Iron. In fact, it is rich in vitamins A, K, and health-promoting flavonoids and hence is known as a superfood. In animal studies, it has discouraged cancer growth and cooled inflammation. Spinach is also said to contain lutein and zeaxanthin which helps protect the eyes from macular degeneration.

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Other types of Spinach:

Amaranth: This leafy vegetable features in the cuisine of Greece, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. It has a sweet, tangy flavor. It is used in salads and also cooked as a vegetable.

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Ceylon Spinach: This climbing variety of Spinach is grown throughout Asia and is a perfect vegetable for limited spaces.

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Egyptian Spinach: This fast growing vegetable is used both as a herb and a vegetable. Apart from this, it is harvested to produce the jute fiber used to make burlap and rope.

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Surinam Spinach: This variety of Spinach features bright green leaves and pink flowers. It has a crunchy, tangy flavor and the plant self-seeds quickly.

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Reference – The Ultimate Book of Vegetables by Reader’s Digest

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