If you’re one of those people who’s been hearing about all the benefits of starting a home vegetable garden, and have decided you want to try your hand at it, you might want to plant spinach next. Spined plants, such as spinach, are one of the easiest vegetables to grow from cuttings. Growing spinach from cuttings can be quite challenging for new beginners, but surprisingly it’s actually really super simple! The secret is knowing when and how to do it.
Let’s talk about the timing part. How often do you harvest a plant? Most people only harvest about a month in the summer, once a week in the spring and once a month in the fall. The trick is that spinach plants need plenty of warm, dry weather to get their from buds to produce. This means that in the cooler weather you won’t harvest until the temperatures start to rise, which means that you should plan on taking your spinach plants out of the house in the cooler weather.
Another easy gardening tip is to plan your planting and harvesting seasons. In the cooler months you’re going to want to take your seedlings out of the house, but before you do, buy some pots. I find that larger pots work better than smaller ones, but if you’re new at gardening you should choose a pot that you can keep separate from the other pots in your garden. That way you don’t have to deal with pesky pests, bugs, and diseases in your vegetable garden seeds.
Plan what size pots you want to purchase. Make sure that they’re large enough for your germinating plants (spine and rhizomes) as well as any other sprouts that you want to take advantage of when they germinate. If you’re planting spinach seeds you should be prepared to take them outside in the morning, after they’ve been sun-wilted, about one hour before sunlight is weaker. Bring them inside a cool dark place like your garage or basement in the evening. That’s where they’ll grow fast and healthy.
There are a lot of different garden ideas for planting spinach seeds in raised beds. You could try growing your favorite herbs in raised beds and using them in soups and stews. Or try using them in salads instead of the tomatoes. You could even try to plant herbs in pots on top of the soil in your raised garden bed. And then just add a little bit of fertile soil and cover it up with another layer of organic soil. That way the herbs will grow into taller plants without getting lost in your garden.
One idea is to plant carrots alongside your spinach. Carrots have small and fat leaves, which are very easy to grab and use. You can use them for soups, stews and sauces, or even in salads. If you’re planting carrots alongside your spinach, make sure you water your plants regularly so they get plenty of moisture in their roots.
A third gardening idea is to plant lettuce right alongside your spinach. Lettuce too has small and fat leaves. They are easy to grab and use. Grow them in the same location you’re planning on growing spinach. If you’re only growing lettuce leaves, bring them inside the house during the afternoon to have a harvest before dinner and then go back out into your garden to enjoy the fruits of your labor later that night.
Finally, do take advantage of the harvest times that are best for your particular vegetable crop. It’s best to plant early in the season if you want your crop to come into a strong harvest ready to go. It’s also a good idea to harvest your crops as soon as you see that they’re no longer picking up much foliage or drooping. This will help them to have a bigger chance of reaching harvest time. Plant your spinach and lettuce in the same area with other plants such as chard during the same growing season.