Have you already signed up for your FREE packet of spinach seeds? If you haven’t yet, don’t worry – there’s still time! Head over to our good seed page to redeem your FREE seeds and be a #goodseed by donating your spinach to a local food pantry. 

Keep reading for some helpful tips on how to grow your spinach. Happy planting!

Time of planting

Spinach is a cool-weather crop – meaning it grows best in the early spring or the autumn. It loves sun but also grows well in the shade. The best time to plant it is while you are still longing for the weather to warm (4 to 6 weeks before your last frost date) and again 2 months before your first frost date in the fall.

Harvesting

Planting about a foot apart lets the plants reach their full potential.  One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is harvest and keep harvesting until it bolts (forms small flowers in the warmer weather).  Then pull it out and make room for something else.

To get a slightly longer growing season, you can plant them early and cover the area with a floating row cover (I buy mine at Gardeners Supply – another AmpleHarvest.org partner) or if you want to keep costs to a minimum, try the leftover shrink wrap you had for winterizing your windows.  Be sure to remove it on warm sunny days so you don’t cook your seedlings.

Lots of bugs and animals enjoy spinach so if you have deer, groundhogs, etc., consider deputizing your dog to keep an eye out for those critters.  Bugs can also be a problem which can be mitigated by intercropping with other plants to minimize the problem.

Harvest outer leaves and let the smaller ones grow – it’ll give you a healthy harvest that way.

What next?

One of the best things to do with spinach is take your children into the garden and let them taste the leaves straight from the plant (wash first if you’ve used artificial anything on them).  It’s important for them to know that their food does not really come in plastic bags as they’ve seen in the supermarket.

Of course, you will want to use the spinach you grew from Tasty Bite’s Good Seed program to help feed hungry families in your community, so when you are ready to harvest (and after you’ve given your kids a nibble), harvest all of the ready leaves and then visit www.AmpleHarvest.org/The-Good-Seed to find a nearby food pantry eager for your bounty.

The whole process is very simple:

1. Get your seeds for free from Tasty Bite

2. Grow the food

3. Harvest, take a picture and send it to [email protected]

4. Share it with a nearby food pantry (find yours here)

5. Lastly (and we’d really appreciate it), support AmpleHarvest.org so AmpleHarvest.org can support you

6. Repeat 

 

You can use Tasty Bite’s spinach for a better purpose – to help end hunger in your community.