One Packet of Spinach Seeds, Three Recipes

It's amazing what you can produce with one packet of spinach seeds. An average pack will plant a 34 foot row. That works out to about 68 plants if you space them every 6 inches.

So, what do you do with all the spinach? You can use it in salads, soups, casseroles, dips. Cream it, steam it, wilt it, bake it. You name it; you can do it with spinach. Suddenly a 34 foot row of spinach doesn't sound like so much!

Three Spinach Recipes

Wilted Spinach Basil Salad

Sautéed Sesame Spinach

Spinach Soufflé

Growing Spinach from Seeds

SpinachSpinach is pretty easy to grow from seeds. You can direct sow seeds in the garden as soon as the soil is workable in the spring or a few weeks before the heat breaks in late summer. You can also grow spinach in containers.

Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the soil surface. Cover them with a thin layer of soil about 3/4-inch deep and water. Keep the bed consistently moist. If the plants are slow to grow or the leaves are too pale, feed them with a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen following the directions on the package.

When ready to harvest either cut the entire plant off at the ground, or pick outer leaves that are dark green in color and about 3 to 6 inches long. Wash and store spinach in an air tight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for about a week.

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Good To Know

One way to keep a supply of fresh spinach going is to succession sow. Sow seeds every two weeks. As you harvest one crop you'll have another one coming on right behind it.

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