How to Plant & Grow Spinach


Spinach provides essential vitamins and minerals to your body, buying the green stuff in stores is great, but it's even better to grow it in your own back yard. By doing so, you'll have complete control over whether or not pesticides are used and it'll be fresher once you and your family are ready to eat it.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your garden that has partial shade.

Step 2

Dig a row of soil a foot long and to a depth of 2 inches. If planting large amounts of spinach, place each an additional row a foot apart. Put all of the soil in a pile.

Step 3

Rake the pile of soil with a garden rake to aerate. Plants have an easier time growing if the soil is loose and aerated.

Step 4

Dump the soil back in the holes until they are a half-inch below the surface level.

Step 5

Sprinkle about 15 spinach seeds in each row. Try to space them out evenly from one end to the other. Cover the seeds with the remaining soil.

Step 6

Water the soil so it is damp. It is best to keep it damp at all times, but the spinach will survive if it gets dry for a short time.

Step 7

Harvest the spinach between 40 and 45 days after planting. To harvest spinach, cut the stems at the surface of the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel
  • Garden rake
  • Water
  • Scissors


  • University of Illinois at Urbana Extension Service: Spinach
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