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Savory, Scrumptious (and Safe) Spinach (page 2 of 2)

by Suzanne DeJohn

Grow Your Own

So, if you want to eat fresh spinach you may want to grow your own or purchase it from a local farm. Of course, few of us have the time, space, and skills to grow all of our own food. But some foods, such as lettuce, spinach, and other greens, are particularly easy to grow.

Spinach is a cool-season crop that does best when days are less than 14 hours long and temperatures don't exceed 80 degrees F. The seeds will germinate and grow at temperatures down to the 40s. Sow some seed now and you should begin harvesting in about six weeks. Sow a row weekly for the next month or so, be prepared to cover the plants during hard freezes, and you may be able to harvest right up to the holidays.

If You Can't Grow It, Buy Local

Your local farmer's markets should be brimming with spinach and other cool-season greens. Fresh, vitamin-rich, "safe" spinach. However, buying local isn't just good for your health. It's also good for the health of your community. Local farmers spend their money locally and support local organizations, and their farms provide much-needed relief from urban sprawl. At the farmer's market, you can meet the people (or person!) that sowed, weeded, and harvested the food you are buying. Their fruits and vegetables are the next best thing to stepping outside and harvesting your own.

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