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.


  1. Love it! I am growing some spinach from some seedlings since it is a little late in the season to start from seeds. As far as I have been told by gardening friends, anyway ;]

  2. Cool. Where are you from dlast? If you can save some of your seeds for next season. I was reading in Wendyl Nissen's book if you use your own seeds for the next season, they'll be better as they're from plants that grew well in your garden conditions. I like that idea.

  3. Nice spinach you have there. It's fun when children get involved....

  4. Thanks Bangchik and Kakdah. It is a lot of fun. Especially when they try to experiment. My younger one has got me making a mini compost at the moment. I'm not sure how we are going to turn it without making a huge mess though!