Garden Guide for Zone 8b
Spinach is a leafy green flowering plant native to central and western Asia. It is of the order Caryophyllales, family Amaranthaceae, subfamily Chenopodioideae. Its leaves are a common edible vegetable consumed either fresh, or after storage using preservation techniques by canning, freezing, or dehydration. It may be eaten cooked or raw, and the taste can be somewhat bitter.
- Soil: Well-drained soil rich in organic matter
- Water: Regular watering, keep soil moist
- Light: Full sun to partial shade
- Sowing Method: Direct sow
- Growing Days: 45
Planting Instructions: Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart in rows 12-18 inches apart. Thin seedlings to 6 inches apart when they are 2 inches tall.
Harvest Instructions: Harvest leaves from the outside of the plant as they reach the desired size. Leave the central bud in place for the plant to continue producing leaves.