How to Plant Spinach Seeds


Spinach is a very nutritious and tasty addition to any garden. It makes a great substitute for lettuce, and is loaded with vitamins and minerals that promote good health. With concern over too many pesticides on foods, growing your own spinach is one way to take control over what you eat, and it will also save you money on weekly grocery bills. Fortunately, spinach is a no-fuss plant that is easy to grow and harvest.

Step 1

Put your spinach seeds in the refrigerator a week or two before sowing. According to the University of Illinois Extension, this helps with the germination of the seeds.

Step 2

Lightly rake the garden soil in late winter or early spring. Spinach should be planted in an area that receives morning sun and at least partial afternoon shade, as it prefers cooler temperatures.

Step 3

Sprinkle the spinach seeds in a row, aiming to lay 10 to 15 seeds per foot. If you plant more than one row, make the rows 12 inches apart.

Step 4

Lightly cover the seeds with 1/2 inch of soil.

Step 5

Water down the soil with the fine mist setting (or sprinkler setting) on a water hose, or use a watering can with a shower end.

Step 6

Thin the seedlings to between 2 and 4 inches apart if you intend to harvest only the leaves from the plant. If you intend to simply pull up the whole plant when it is of edible size, then no thinning is necessary.

Tips and Warnings

  • Spinach cannot tolerate high heat, as it will wilt. If you have a period of extremely high temperatures, harvest your spinach or find a way to provide it with extra shade.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Water hose or watering can


  • University of Illinois Extension: Watch Your Garden Grow: Spinach
Keywords: planting spinach seeds, growing spinach, sowing spinach

About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.