Working 2 to 4 in. (5 to 10 cm) of compost into the soil prior to planting is always a good idea.
Make sure the plants are adequately spaced or you will end up with lots of very small leaves.
• Choose a sunny location (6+ hours of sun) and dig a hole about two times as wide as your pot.
• Remove your plant from the pot by loosening the soil and tipping it out into your hand. Place your plant in the soil about as deep as it was in the pot.
• Refill the space around your plant with soil and press lightly to compact the dirt, keeping your plant firmly in the ground.
• Water immediately to settle the soil, and add more soil as needed, bringing it level to the rest of your garden.
Water as needed all season to keep soil evenly moist, keeping your eye out for the first sign of wilt. Wilting is a sure sign that your spinach needs water. Feed with a vegetable fertilizer to ensure your bountiful harvest.
Harvest a few leaves at a time from each plant. This will encourage the plants to continue producing all season.
Spinach leaves should be washed several times in water, being careful not to bruise the leaves. Pat thoroughly dry in a paper towel and store in your refrigerator crisper in a plastic bag, clean towel or foil.
Spinach is thought to be of Persian origin (modern day Iran). It was introduced into Europe about 1000 A.D. It wasn't until after the eighteenth century that it began to be cultivated in the Netherlands, France and England with the Spanish eventually bringing it to the Americas.