Spinach is an annual plant that is very hardy. There are smooth leaf spinach and savory leaf spinach and both are very nutrient rich. Spinach is a great source of vitamin C, A, and K and is rich in the minerals manganese, potassium, and iron. Spinach matures in 28-45 days of planting which should be done early in the spring. Spinach is a heavy eater and should be kept moist, watering more frequently in drier weather. It is a great crop and hey, Popeye never objected to it and look at him! Hope this helps.
Depending on where you are and your growing methods, lambsquarter (also called Goose Foot) may be a good alternative to spinach. It is very easy to grow (most people do not recognize lambsquarter, and unroot it, thinking it’s a weed) and has better nutritional value than spinach. Many even believe that lambsquarter, when cooked, tastes “more spinachy” than spinach. See link below for more information.
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