History: The origin of Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is in some debate. Some researchers put the origin of Spinach around current day Iraq. While other researchers claim that Nepal is where the plant was first domesticated.
Planting: Spinach has to be replanted every year. This is also known as an annual plant. Even though Spinach may need to be replanted every year, it might survive over winter in temperate regions. Spinach germinates best if the seeds are soaked in water, or between wet rags for at least 24 hours before planting. Best results for germination may occur if the seeds are soaked for 3 – 5 days, or until the seed starts to sprout.
Soaking the seeds: 1. Place the seeds into a bowl and fill the bowl with water until the seeds are covered. The next day remove any seeds that might be floating. Seeds that are floating are less likely to sprout. Drain the water from the bowl. It helps if a strainer is used to separate the water and the seeds. Once the spinach seeds have been removed from the water, take them outside and plant them. 2. Use a cookie sheet, or a pizza sheet – place a small cloth towel in the bottom of the sheet then spread the Spinach seeds on the top of the towel. Space the seeds at least 1/4 – 1/2 inch apart. Pour enough water over the towel to make it wet. Cover the seeds with a second towel. Then pour enough water over the second towel to make it wet. Over the next few days keep the towels moist.