How to Germinate Spinach Seeds


When spring weather arrives to a garden, one of the first seeds a gardener sows is spinach. Wait until the soil temperature is at least 40 degrees F and then plant spinach seeds into a moist and fertile garden area. With proper growing conditions and care, spinach leaves will be ready to harvest when they are as large as you desire. Harvest tiny leaves for tender spinach or wait until the leaves are larger.

Step 1

Cultivate the garden soil early in the spring. Use the garden spade to work the soil in the planting area down to a depth of at least 6 inches. Add 4 inches of compost over the top of the soil and till the compost into the soil with the garden spade. Rake the soil surface smooth to finish preparing the garden area.

Step 2

Plant spinach seeds in rows set 1 foot apart, sowing the seeds 1 inch apart in the rows. Cover the seeds with 1/2 inch of soil and water the soil lightly immediately after planting.

Step 3

Keep the soil evenly moist while the spinach seeds germinate by watering gently to avoid disrupting the seeds in the soil.

Step 4

Thin the spinach seedlings when the spinach plants reach 1 inch in height. Pull the weakest plants to leave the spinach plants growing 4 inches apart in the rows.

Step 5

Harvest spinach when the outer leaves are at least 3 inches in length and when each plant has about six leaves. Remove the outer leaves and leave the younger leaves in the center of the plant growing for the next harvest. Harvest all the spinach you desire before the flower stalks appear (bolting) because the spinach taste quickly deteriorates after this point.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Rake


  • Utah State University: Spinach in the Garden
  • University of Illinois Extension: Time To Plant Spinach
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.