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Growing Spinach In a Backyard Garden

Growing Spinach In a Backyard Garden
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Spinach is maybe one of the best seeds a survivalist can stockpile, and maybe one of the best plant choices.

Spinach is a high producing plant – you cut the leaves off with a pair of scissors and the plant will produce more leaves.

spinach in a survivalist garden

Spinach can be eaten raw or cooked. This means you do not have to use precious fuel cooking / boiling the spinach before its eaten. However, its always good to cook your food to kill any bacteria that might be growing on the leaves.

Spinach does not take up a lot of room, its not like the plants grow 3 feet wide. This means a lot of food can be planted in a small amount of space. Which makes it a great choice for patio gardeners and other urban dwellers.

Fertilizer

Spinach is a relative easy crop to grow, the only “real” fertilizer requirement is nitrogen. So any kind of slow release organic fertilizer will be good – horse, cow, rabbit or chicken manure. I wont hurt to mix in some nitrogen fertilizer when you have it on hand, such as 21-0-0.

In the absence of commercial fertilizer, manure can be used.  Be careful with chicken manure as fresh chicken manure may burn the plants.

Manure will provide a slow release fertilizer which will help the plant produce leaves fro some time.

Growing Spinach

Plant the seeds about 1/2 inch deep and about 3 – 4 inches apart. Rows should be spaced 2 feet apart – or as much room as needed to walk between the rows.

Spinach does not need a “lot” of water, average needs are around 12 inches of rainfall during the growing season.

After cutting the leaves, extra fertilizer may need to be spread to ensure further leaf production.

Spinach likes a cool season with day time temps reaching the 70 and night time temps getting into the 40s.  Which makes it ideal for fall or early spring planting.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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