This is my first attempt ay growing fresh spinach, while I do not eat it my wife and son love it as salad. How do I know it is ready to harvestand do i pick the leaves or take the whole plant?
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hi !!  spinach is alot like growing lettuce !!!  you can harvest the entire plant at one time if you wish and you will know its done by taste.    yes when u go to harvest anything {except your melons and squash } judge by taste...your pallet will let you know.  I harvest my spinach the same way as my lettuce...i will pull outer leaves, which is like two sets of leaves from bottom up.....this way the plant can continue to grow and provide you with fresh spinach for most of the season,,,,but,,, it your leaves start to change to bitter than harvest the whole bunch...it is at the end of its cyclewink......i hope this helps

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