In the garden, as the weather warms, a seed stalk is formed which means the plant is nearing the end of its growth and should
be harvested immediately.
Meanwhile, watch for downy mildew (also known as blue mold), a fungal disease resulting in yellowing of leaves and stunted growth.
Avoid the condition by watering the soil around the plants to keep foliage dry. If this is impractical, water only during the
day to speed evaporation of extra moisture.
Another cause of yellowing or stunting is the cucumber mosaic virus, which can avoided by using only disease-resistant varieties.
Spinach fun facts
• Medieval artists extracted green pigment from spinach to use as an ink or paint.
• For the best nutritional value, eat spinach when just picked, since it loses nutrients as it loses freshness.
• China is the planet's largest spinach producer with 85% of world production.
• In the United States, March 26th is National Spinach Day.
On the Web - How to grow spinach :
Watch Your Garden Grow - Spinach - Descriptions and characteristics of recommended varieties, tips on soil preparation and planting, common diseases, related FAQ, nutritional benefits.
Year of the Spinach - Archived feature from 2002 with extensive facts & information on spinach lore, trivia & history, how to plant in the garden or indoors in pots or containers, pests & diseases to watch for, harvesting and storing tips, nutritional benefits.
The Secret to Great Spinach - Engaging feature article from Texas Gardener Magazine with the history of spinach, tips & tricks to successful spinach growing, recommended varieties for Texas gardeners, advice on harvesting, storage.