How To Grow Spinach (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

How To Grow Spinach

I adore spinach. It’s my favorite green out of all the greens in the garden. (But, shhh, don’t tell my other plants.) The mild taste of spinach makes feeding dark leafy greens to kids in the form of smoothies or pancakes impossibly easy. Plus, I’m obsessed with any salad that features the trifecta of spinach, feta and fruit (dried or fresh).

Spinach salad

With all the spinach devoured in our house, it was a no-brainer to plant it myself. In fact, I filled half of my raised garden bed with spinach seeds with hopes that I could cut spinach out of my grocery bill for a couple months – and it’s working!

In my experience, spinach is extremely easy to grow. It wasn’t bothered by bugs and it survived extreme temperature changes, including several freezes in February. This was definitely my kind of plant to grow.

How To Grow Spinach

What seeds did I use?

I used the American Seed brand’s spinach seeds in the giant noble variety. Want to know a cheap little secret? I got these at the dollar store for a quarter (labeled 4 for $1). I also saw the same packet at Walmart for $.20! For a quarter or less, I’m growing spinach for months. Take that extreme couponers!

How did I plant the seeds?

I planted the seeds every 6 inches directly into a garden bed filled with mushroom dirt mixture. Within two weeks, I saw the little spinach plants poking through the soil. If you don’t know what a baby spinach plant looks like, here you go:


Aren’t they the cutest curly sprouts? Spinach loves water so make sure that you’re watering it daily if it doesn’t rain.

How long did it take from seed to salad bowl?

It takes about 6 weeks for the leaves to grow big enough to harvest. I planted the seeds during the last week of January and I’ve had spinach leaves large enough to eat for about two weeks. What are you waiting for? You can have your own salad by April!

Spinach patch

How do you harvest spinach?

Similar to mixed greens, you harvest the spinach leaves as needed while leaving the plant in the ground. I found that as long as I pluck leaves off evenly around the plant, it thrives. Also, harvest spinach leaves in the morning when the leaves are cool and crisp. The intense afternoon sun will make the leaves wilt on the plant and you’ll end up with soft spinach leaves – perfect for smoothies, not so perfect for a salad. So, just make sure the spinach leaves are in the condition you want before you pick them.

How do you prepare spinach to eat?

To wash the leaves, I soak them in a bowl of cold water to remove any dirt and spin them dry in my salad spinner.

soaking greens

As I’ve mentioned before, you can use the spinach in salads or smoothies. You can also freeze any leftover spinach to use in smoothies, muffins, pancakes or soups. The possibilities are endless!

Jane’s Spinach Review

Gardening skill level: Easy

Seeds: American Seed brand, Giant Noble Spinach variety

Garden soil: Mushroom dirt mixture

Pest control: None

Seed to salad bowl (growth): 6 weeks

Washing: Soak in cold water

Season in Zone 9 (Central Florida): September to February

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses spinach? Please leave it in the comments below. 🙂

Salad in the garden

If you are interested in growing spinach, you may always want to check out my reviews on other super easy plants to grow in Central Florida or Zone 9:

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