We put it in our smoothie, every single day. So why not grow spinach ourselves? The great news is, this healthy green grows (with a few exceptions) clear across Canada; even better, in early April, when most provinces are still experiencing cooler temperatures and occasional frost (which can limit the selection of herbs, fruits and vegetables that can be planted), one crop that can be planted in every province at this time is spinach.
Spinach is a cold-hardy vegetable that can tolerate frost and can be planted as soon as the soil is workable in the spring. It is a nutrient-dense crop that is rich in vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. Spinach can be grown in garden beds or containers and can be harvested in as little as 4-6 weeks after planting.
To plant spinach, prepare the soil by removing any weeds and adding compost or well-rotted manure. Sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart in rows that are 12-18 inches apart. Water the soil well after planting and keep it moist during germination. Once the seedlings have emerged, thin them to 6-8 inches apart to give them room to grow.
With proper care, spinach can be harvested throughout the spring and early summer in most provinces in Canada, making it a great choice for a cool-season crop that can be enjoyed by gardeners across the country—and smoothie fiends, to boot. —Vita Daily