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 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.
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.
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.