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Spinach

Chenopodiaceae
Annuals, Vegetables

Native to Southwest Asia. Grown for its edible leaves, spinach matures slowly during fall, winter, and spring; long days of late spring and heat of summer make it go to seed quickly. To get successive harvests, make small sowings at weekly intervals in fall or early spring (spinach germinates at very low temperatures). Thin established seedlings to 3–4 in. apart.

When plants have reached full size (6–12 in. high; takes about 7 weeks), harvest by cutting off the entire clump at ground level.

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