How to Grow Baby Spinach

Baby spinach is tasty, tender, and high in nutrients. It’s also easy to grow, both indoors and outdoors. Spinach plants can grow and thrive in a wide range of climates. Spinach grows quickly, and baby spinach leaves can be ready to harvest in around 40 days. To have the most success, plant spinach seeds in nitrogen-rich soil and keep the temperature lower than . Thin out weaker spinach seedlings to give healthy plants plenty of room to grow, and harvest as soon as you see rosettes of 5-6 leaves.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Growing Spinach Indoors
Find spinach seeds at your local gardening store. There are lots of different kinds of spinach. Some specific types of seeds that are good for baby spinach are Catalina, Renegade, or Bloomsdale. Packets of seeds will come with instructions that can help you grow your spinach specific to the kind of spinach you buy. You can also buy baby spinach seeds online.[1]
Although you can harvest seeds from a spinach plant, it is easier to use commercial seeds. These are tested to provide the most consistent results.
Fill a pot at least 1 foot (30 cm) deep with nitrogen-rich soil. Spinach roots need at least of space to grow. Fill the pot loosely with moist, nitrogen-rich soil. Choose an indoor potting mix from a gardening center.[2]
You can also add nitrogen into soil using fertilizer or compost.
Plant seeds around deep in the soil. Make a small hole in the soil with your finger. Drop 3 spinach seeds in. Plant several groupings of seeds about apart from each other.[3]
Spinach seeds don’t need to be planted very deep in the soil. Covering the seeds with as little as of soil will do.
Keep your spinach at around and in partial sun. Spinach prefers cooler climates. Find a spot in your home where the temperature remains within this range at night and during the day. Make sure your spinach gets at least 6 hours of sunshine a day.[4]
If the temperature consistently reaches above around your spinach, new seeds won’t sprout and seedlings will start to wilt and won’t produce new leaves.
Alternatively, you can use growing lamps if your spinach can’t get 6 hours of sun a day inside your home.
Water the seeds when you plant them and keep the soil moist. After you plant the seeds, water the soil enough so that it is moist all the way through. Water it so that it stays moist while the seeds are germinating and after they sprout.[5]
To see if your spinach plants need to be watered, stick a finger into the soil around one knuckle deep. If the soil feels dry, it needs to be watered.
Pull out the weakest seedlings after 10–14 days. Once the seedlings start to come up, some will naturally grow in faster and more healthy. The strongest seedlings will have 2 leaves after 2 weeks. Pull out the weaker seedlings so that you are left with the strongest ones.[6]
Ideally, there should be around between the seedlings. If there isn’t enough space, the seedlings will need to be transplanted.
Transplant seedlings to their own pots once they have 4 leaves. To transplant a seedling, fill a new pot loosely with the potting mix. Make a hole in the soil. Gently pull the seedling out of the soil so that its roots stay intact. Place it into the new pot and cover the roots with soil. Water the seedling so that the soil is moist all the way through.[7]
In a 12-inch (30 cm) pot, you can grow 1-2 spinach plants to full size. Spinach plants need of space between each other to grow to full size.
Harvest 1/3 of the spinach leaves after 40 days from the original planting. Around a month after the seedlings come up, the spinach plants will be close to fully grown and able to be harvested. To encourage the growth of new leaves, harvest 1/3 of the leaves and take them from the outside of the plant.[8]
Never harvest more than 1/2 of the leaves at a time.[Edit]Planting Spinach in an Outdoor Garden
Start planting spinach in early spring. Start planting spinach as soon as the soil thaws out enough to be workable. You can also sow seeds every 10 days if you live in a place with long, cool springs to have a staggered harvest throughout the summer and into the fall.[9]
The earlier you can plant spinach, the better your harvest will be in the summer and fall.
Spinach can grow in a wide range of climates, but you may have to change what season you plant it in depending on the average temperatures. USDA hardiness zones 1-10 are ideal for spinach. Check what zone you live in at https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
Grow spinach in a raised planter or directly in the ground. Loose dirt at least deep creates the ideal environment for spinach to grow in. Work the soil in your planter so that it is loose and aerated. If you are planting the seeds directly in the ground, make sure the soil is loosened at least 12 inches (30 cm) deep.[10]
Use a nitrogen-rich soil from a gardening center, or add fertilizer or compost to boost nitrogen content.
Place spinach in partial sun. Spinach needs to receive around 6 hours of sunlight every day to thrive. Pick a spot in your garden where your spinach plants will get mostly sun, and some shade, throughout the day.[11]
A placement in full sun works well if you are planting spinach in cool climates.
If you anticipate that the temperature will regularly be higher than , a placement with more shade can keep your spinach cooler and happier.
Water spinach plants up to twice a day on hot days to cool down the roots.
Plant seeds apart in rows apart. Drop the seeds into the soil in groups of 2-3, apart. Cover the seeds with around of soil.[12]
Thin the plants once they start to come in. Once the plants come up, some of them will be naturally hardier than others. Thin them out by removing the weaker seedlings. The hardier seedlings will have at least 2 leaves after 10-14 days. Weaker seedlings won’t grow leaves, and may start to wilt and die on their own.[13]
Leave between the stronger seedlings.
Harvest your spinach after 40 days or so. Wait until your spinach plant has a rosette of 5-6 leaves. To harvest, either cut the leaves off from the stem, or cut off the entire rosette. The plant will not regrow if you cut off all the leaves, so re-sow seeds every 10 days or so to have a continuous harvest.[14]
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Today in History for 6th February 2020

Historical Events

1820 – First 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society start a settlement in present-day Liberia
1928 – A woman dubbed Anna Anderson [possibly Franziska Schanzkowska] arrives in NYC, using the alias “Anastasia Tschaikovsky” claims to be Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
1929 – Rudy Vallee records single “Deep Night”
1975 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1995 – Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days
2018 – Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey – 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro

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Famous Birthdays

1900 – Roy Smeck, American musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
1908 – Edward Lansdale, United States Air Force Officer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
1912 – Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1945)
1945 – Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (Exodus, One Love), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)
1949 – Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England
1976 – Tanja Frieden, Swiss snowboarder, born in Bern, Switzerland

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Famous Deaths

1917 – Édouard Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
1927 – Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
1961 – Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, dies at 77
1981 – Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
1991 – Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
2007 – Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67

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How to Dress Well on a Budget

Dressing well on a budget doesn’t have to be complicated. It all starts with taking stock of what you already have and “shopping your closet” for great pieces. Get rid of anything you don’t plan to wear, and focus on crafting a functional capsule wardrobe of neutral colors and classic styles. Spend what money you do have available on high-quality basics and essential pieces, and wait to get trendy accessories on sale. If you wear your clothes with confidence and take good care of them, you’ll look and feel great every day!

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[Edit]Streamlining Your Wardrobe
List all the activities you regularly dress for to narrow your wardrobe’s focus. Consider a typical week or season in your life and write out a list of all the environments and activities you get dressed for on a regular basis. Jot down the type of clothing you need for each environment. When assessing your wardrobe, keep these activities and clothing categories in mind.[1]
Your list could look something like this: “internship (business formal), school (casual), gym (athletic wear), concerts (going out clothes), oil painting class (old, messy clothes).”
This strategy will help you avoid keeping or adding pieces to you closet “just in case.” The list above doesn’t mention the beach, so it wouldn’t be useful to hold on to a dozen cover-ups.
If you have an active lifestyle and dress pretty casually at school, focus on filling your wardrobe with athletic apparel and comfortable basics like jeans and knit tops. Don’t bother splurging on dress shoes that you’ll rarely wear.
Keep the clothes that fit well and work with your lifestyle. Start by pulling everything out of your closet, drawers, and shelves. Look at each piece 1 by 1 and decide whether or not it can stay. Create a “keep” pile for garments that fit well, that are appropriate for the activities and environments you listed out, and that you enjoy wearing. Then reorganize your closet by neatly hanging or folding the clothes from your “keep” pile and placing them in an easy-to-reach spot.[2]
This strategy is called “shopping your wardrobe.” It’s great for rediscovering clothes you love but don’t wear often enough. Try this to bring a fresh burst of novelty into your wardrobe without spending a penny.
Make a “toss” pile for the pieces that you don’t want to keep. Sell to a or donate these clothes to get them out of your wardrobe.[3]
Have a tailor alter your clothes so they fit perfectly. If you have a blazer and a structured dress that are a little roomy around the middle, have a tailor nip in the waistline to give your clothes a leaner silhouette. If you have shirt sleeves, dresses, skirts, or trousers that are too long, get them hemmed to the right length. Have your bottoms taken in at the waist so they fit comfortably and flatter your figure.[4]
Keep in mind that the shoulder area is hard to alter. Don’t buy or keep pieces that don’t fit well in the shoulders since you probably won’t be able to have them altered.
Breathe new life into an older piece from your closet with simple alterations. Hem a dress into a blouse, give trousers more personality with a cropped cut, or swap out boring plastic buttons for higher quality ones.[5]
Get rid of undergarments that don’t fit you well. Dressing well starts with the right undergarments. Toss out bras that are too small or too big, since they will create lumps and bumps under your clothes. Do the same for panties or briefs. For men, toss out worn-out or mismatched socks, which can make a sleek pair of shoes look drab.
When wearing suiting, aim to match your sock color to your trouser color.[6]
If you have a skirt that looks see-through, your outfit will instantly look cheap. Pop on a simple slip underneath to smooth out the fabric and give you a little more modesty.[7]
Measure your bra size. Only keep or purchase bras in the right size and in styles that you like.
Consider wearing well-fitting shapewear under special occasion dresses.[Edit]Investing in the Right Pieces
Shop for clothes that flatter your body shape. Take your body measurements and use them to help determine your body shape. Once you know it, search online for dressing guides based on your body shape. Take note of the cuts, silhouettes, and proportions that stylists recommend. Try on a variety of outfits based on the “dos” and “don’ts” for your body shape to see how things look on you. Then limit your wardrobe selections and styling choices to the most flattering outfits.
A few body shapes include triangular, pear-shaped, apple, hourglass, and more. Try to find the term that best describes your figure.
Keep a list of your measurements on your smartphone so you have them available while shopping. This way, you can get perfectly-fitting clothes whenever it’s time to make a purchase.[8]
Don’t try to dress for your “ideal” body by buying clothes in a size too small. Dress for the body you’re walking around in right now. You’ll look so much more stylish and you’ll feel a lot more comfortable!
Choose classic styles and silhouettes rather than fleeting trends.[9] While the latest trends can be fun to experiment with, trendy pieces will go out of fashion quickly. Don’t waste your money on short-lived styles. Instead, pick out pieces that have been in style for years and that will likely stick around despite the changing trends.[10]
Classic styles include a timeless camel trench coat, a pair of dark-wash jeans in a flattering cut, and a simple black dress.
Chic outerwear, like a jacket or blazer, can really elevate a basic outfit. [11]
Avoid clothes that have some extreme quality, such as styles that are too short, too long, or too baggy.
Steer clear of pieces with too many frills, confusing asymmetry, or unnecessary embellishments.[12]
Limit yourself to solid-color clothes in your favorite neutral shades. A solid piece will stay in fashion longer than its patterned or printed counterpart. Stick with neutrals like black, navy, camel, and white.[13] Then choose a palette of brighter colors in either jewel tone shades, brightly saturated shades, or airy pastels. Start with whatever you have the most of in your closet and continue working in that direction; don’t mix and match colors from multiple categories.
To add interest to solids, look for unique textures rather than prints and patterns. If you wear lots of navy blue, find navy blue pieces in cable-knit wool, cotton, faux fur, or satin.
A neutral and restricted color palette will be much easier to mix and match, and won’t be clashing.[14]
Avoid buying prints. In fast fashion, prints tend to be lower quality, and you’ll start to see the prints fading and the fabric pilling after a few washes.[15]
Purchase pieces that you can mix-and-match or layer with your other clothes. Develop a small but highly functional capsule wardrobe.[16] Whenever you’re out shopping for new additions to your wardrobe, pick clothes that work well with the pieces you already have.
Look for basic cardigans and blazers that can be layered over simple blouses and t-shirts. Choose dress shirts that would pair well with the trousers and jeans you already own. Pick out practical shoes in classic styles that can be worn with a variety of outfits.
If you’re considering buying a piece but you know that you’d only be able to wear it with 1 or 2 things, don’t bother.
If you have 20 great tops, 10 pairs of trousers, 5 skirts, and 2 pairs of shorts, you can technically make 340 outfits![17]
Spend your money on high-quality wardrobe basics. If you’re going to splurge, splurge on the essential pieces that you wear all the time and that you’ll be wearing for years to come. Upgrade your faded white undershirts, saggy boxer-briefs, and holey socks. Aim for well-fitting, higher quality pieces that wash well.[18] Purchase 1 or 2 neutral bras in the right cut.
Extend this strategy to other essentials like shoes, outerwear, and other classic pieces.[Edit]Shopping Frugally
Wait to buy trendy items once they go on sale. If you have a solid, classic capsule wardrobe, you can still shake up your look with inexpensive accessories. Try a pair of funky earrings, a printed scarf, a unique hat, or a cool pair of patterned socks. Don’t jump as soon as you see a trend hit the shelves; wait until the end of the season so you can buy it on sale.[19]
Another good reason to wait is that after a few months, you’ll know whether you really want to purchase the trendy piece or whether it was just a fad.
Shop at the end of the season to buy pieces for the following year. Wait to get your summer shorts until the temperatures start to drop and retailers slash their prices. While you won’t get much use out of them immediately, you’ll have a great new pair of shorts to enjoy next summer.[20]
Apply coupons and discounts to your purchases. Avoid paying full-price for anything if you can help it.[21] Instead of browsing new arrivals when you enter a bricks-and-mortar shop, head straight to the clearance rack, especially when there’s a deeper discount on clearance pieces. When you’re shopping online, don’t get your heart set on anything until you have a chance to add it to the cart and enter your promo codes. If the codes don’t apply, consider waiting until you can get a better price.
Subscribe to a retailer’s emails online to snag a coupon, then unsubscribe once you’ve used the offer so you aren’t tempted to spend more money.
Some clothing retailers offer student discounts. Browse online to see which brands participate in this kind of program.
Buy quality clothes at off-price retailers. Off-price retailers are known for their wide variety of styles, mix of high-end and lesser-known brands, and affordable prices. Browse off-price retail stores rather than heading to pricier boutiques and department stores.[22] Bring a specific shopping list when you visit and restrict your search to the pieces on your list. Try things on until you find the right cut and style. Don’t let the low prices persuade you into making impulse buys.
Popular off-price retailers in the US include TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Ross, Burlington Coat Factory, DSW, Stein Mart
Off-price retailers associated with department stores include Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off 5th, and Neiman Marcus Last Call.
Try factory stores and outlet malls as well.[23]
Try shopping at thrift stores and second-hand retailers. Look for gently-worn pieces from quality brands at your local thrift shop. If you see a piece in good condition or that still has its tags, and it works for your budget and with the rest of your wardrobe, consider adding it to your wardrobe.[24]
Before making a purchase, inspect each garment’s underarms for stains and holes, make sure closures like buttons and zippers are working correctly, and check out the areas that tend to get worn out quickly like knees, elbows, and crotch area.
In the US, try shops like Plato’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange as well as charity shops including Goodwill and the Salvation Army.[Edit]Tips
Keep your clothes clean and pristine and you’ll look more put-together. Hang or fold your clothes nicely when they’re not in use. Iron or steam garments that need de-wrinkling. Spot-clean stains and make sure to take dry-clean-only clothes to the dry cleaner.
If you know you can’t take proper care of dry-clean-only garments or wrinkle-prone pieces, don’t waste your money on them! Many mainstream retailers offer easy-care garments at affordable prices.
Maintain a well-groomed appearance to make the rest of your outfit look put-together.[25] For a woman, consider picking out a signature shade of lipstick or spend some time on blow-drying your hair to smooth out the frizz. For a guy, try using hair pomade to keep your slicked-back style in place.
Exude confidence and you’ll instantly look great! Remember that money can’t buy you good taste or impeccable style. Confidence is the key to looking and feeling great.[26][Edit]Related wikiHows
Budget Your Money
Find Cheap Baby and Kids Clothes
Decorate Your Home on a Budget[Edit]References↑ https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/gentleman-dress-suit-budget-15-tips-guide/

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