Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Spinach in a pot
I've been asked about growing spinach in a pot and like many vegetables, it's quite easy to do. Even though, I'd grown plenty of leafy vegetables in NZ before, I was a bit concerned about the differences in humidity and heat. However, it seems that spinach likes those conditions and just thrives.
I first got a packet of seeds at the local garden store and popped them into a pot as per the instructions on the packet. They like full sunlight, lots of water and regular fertilising. What I really like about them is that they self propagate really easily and one packet can go a loooooong way.
In fact, they can begin to act like weeds and self seed in all the pots around, occupied or not. This isn't a problem, however. You just pull them out when they're big enough to cook with, but not too big that they've rooted in too deep.
As I mentioned in a previous blog, my younger daughter and her friend got overly excited with growing plants a month or two back and used up the remainder of the seed packet in a long box. They all sprouted and then began to fight for light and resources. I pulled the bigger ones for eating and then the smaller ones came through. That's given us a few meals that way. The last ones are beginning to go to seed now, so hopefully, there'll be a new generation soon.