Remember when I shared the planting of our first vegetable garden? Well, today a cold front came through, so it seemed as good a time as any to harvest the bonnie spinach.
These plants were actually a bit “over”mature as evidenced by the flowers emerging on several stems. Growing flowers takes up too much of the plants’ energy and depletes the nutrients needed for future leaf production. Off with their heads!!!! Next, using scissors or a paring knife, cut the stems close to the base of the plant, and remove the leaves, working from the outside in. While harvesting, assess the overall health of each plant, discarding anything damaged by leaf miners or other pests. If your growing zone permits a second crop, leave the growth coming from the center of the plant intact, to allow rejuvenation.
Spinach is best used fresh, but will last a few days in the refrigerator before wilting. Remember, too, the upper leaves near any developing flowers are edible, so don’t discard them!!! They may be a bit “tougher,” but stay fresh longer!
Until next time……