Yesterday the spinach planted on April 6 was ready to eat! The spinach is Baby’s Leaf Hybrid which, according to Dona, is delicious. Much better than store-bought…and no pesticides or other chemicals. Since spinach thrives in cool weather I will plant another batch in late summer and hope a freeze does not occur in the next 30 days (the planting-to-eating time lapse). So the package was right – 34 days in this case.
To harvest we nipped the leaf by hand near the base of the plant. Do not pull or else you may end up with the entire plant! Fortunately all the leaves are various sizes so spinach will be on the table for the next few weeks. It has been dry so the spinach gets watered every few days.
I hand-picked the weeds near the spinach and used a small rototiller in between rows. Pea vines are the most notorious weeds this time of year.