Never Throw Out Slimy Spinach Again
Have you ever gone to the grocery store and purchased a box or bag of spinach, imagining all of the green smoothies and salads you’ll make and then five days later, when you finally get around to it, your beautiful, expensive, organic spinach is slimy and stinky? Throwing food and money down the drain feels horrible, not to mention that you never even got a green smoothie! Chin up, buttercup, I have an answer to your dilema. Spinach is easy to grow in your own kitchen garden and in cooler climates, now is the perfect time to start growing.
Spinach is a member of the Goosefoot Family, which is the same family as swiss chard and beets. The seeds are small and round and look like pebbles. To plant, you’ll want to wait until the soil has warmed up, but they are able to hang on in a frost. Spinach plants do best when planted by seed and germinate in cool weather, so no need to worry about chilly spring days. Make sure that you keep them well watered but not soaked, and in about 40 days, you’ll be able to get your first harvest.
When harvesting spinach, you can cut all the way to the base of the plant. The stem and leaf are both edible and are much tastier than the spinach you’ll find at the grocery store. The spinach will keep growing through the center of the plant and will continue to grow during cool weather. As the temperature climbs, you’ll notice that your spinach plant will start to grow taller and start to flower. This is called, “bolting” and means that the plant is at the end of its life cycle. At this stage, the leaves will taste bitter. You can choose to pull the plant out of the garden or let it flower and go to seed.
I hope that you decide to give spinach growing a try. It really is much more delicious than the stuff you buy in the store. Say no to slimy spinach and, click the link below to join me in bringing back the kitchen garden.