The love of gardening is a seed
once sown that never dies – Gertrude Jekyll
If you want to start your own kitchen garden, then another easy vegetable to grow is spinach (palak). Spinach grows beautifully and effortlessly in containers. Spinach seeds are easily available at most plant nurseries. You can even purchase them online.
Spinach can be grown directly in containers or you can sow the seeds in a tray and then transplant the seedlings in containers. If you are going to harvest the baby spinach leaves, then you can sow the seeds in a pot in crowded manner. The leaves can be harvested in 10 to 15 days time. But if you are going to harvest mature spinach leaves, then it is better to transplant the seedlings as each plant will need space to grow.
Choosing the pot and preparing the soil
For growing spinach, choose a wide pot that is atleast 6 to 8 inches deep. Fill the pot with potting mix ( a mixture of soil and compost in the ratio of 2 :1) . The soil must be crumbly and loose for good drainage.
Sowing the seeds
Drop the seeds on the surface of the soil and cover them with a thin layer of potting mix. Sprinkle some water on the soil. Keep the pot in shade. Sprinkle water on the soil everyday. The seeds will germinate within 4 to 6 days. When the seeds germinate, the pot can be exposed to full sunlight. Spinach grows well even in partial shade. So, spinach can be easily grown in balcony or window sill which receives few hours of sunlight.
Do not over water the plants. The plants can be watered once in two days. In about a month from sowing the seeds, the seedlings will grow into lush green spinach plant.
While harvesting, use a scissor to cut the mature leaves and leave the tiny leaves for the next harvest. This way, spinach can be harvested 5 to 6 times. Add organic compost to the plants at regular intervals.
If you keep sowing fresh seeds every month, you can harvest spinach throughout the year and you would never have to buy spinach again.
Happy Gardening !!