Rainbow Ranch Farms

  (Pinon Hills, California)
Organic, free-range, pastured, grass-fed/finished, heritage-breeds,
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Growing Spinach - advice on how to grow Spinach - EASY

Growing Spinach - advice on how to grow Spinach

Spinach is relatively easy to grow in cool climates and it is packed with nutrients such as iron, protein, vitamin A and chlorophyll.

Whether raw in salads or lightly steamed spinach is a suitable accompanyment to a wide range of dishes.




Germination of spinach seeds can take anything between a week and 2 weeks.

Dig the soil to around 30cm depth as this is how far the plants tap root can develop. Work some organic compost or manure into the soil to help provide the necessary nutrients for growth.

Because of the benefit of organic matter cover crops and green manure crops are beneficial prior to planting spinach.

Check the soils PH and if necessary add lime.




You can plant spinach in early spring. To stagger your crop over summer you can plant part rows every few weeks. The last planting should be about 50-60 days before the first frosts.

Sow your seedlings / seeds around 7cm apart in rows about 30-40cm apart.




Position your spinach plants in a position that does not experience high temperatures. Spinach grows well in partial to full sun.


Soil type


Spinach likes a moist but not waterlogged soil. Using a mulch of straw or grass clippings can help to retain moisture levels in the soil.

The soil should contain a good amount of organic matter to provide the spinach with the nutrients it requires.

Spinach doesn't like acidic soils, a good PH is around 6.3 -6.8. Add the appropriate amount of lime to the soil if necessary.




Make sure the soil is moist. An inch of water per week is adequate when there is little rainfall. Thin out your spinach seedlings as required but try not to damage the roots of the plants you leave in the soil.

Effects of an over acidic soil can be seen in the yellowing of the edges of seedling leaves, low germination rates and slow growth.




Spinach is ready to harvest at about 40-50 days after planting.

The spinach leaves can be harvested whenever they look big enough and ready for your salads etc. Make sure to start picking leaves on the outside of the plant, the inner leaves will then continue to grow and produce a new crop. Alternatively you can harvest the whole plant.

You should aim to eat the spinach straight after picking and washing in cool water. You can store the washed leaves in the fridge for a few days but the taste and nutrient content is best after picking.




Slow bolting varieties are varieties that take longer to develop a seed stalk and thus focus more growth towards the leaves. Short days and cool temperatures result in better crop yield as bolting is deterred whereas long days and higher temperatures encourage bolting.














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Anyone Can Grow Arugula-Easy!

How to Grow Arugula


Arugula is a leafy green vegetable that is prized for its strong, peppery flavor. Like most lettuces, it is very easy to grow.


Step 1: Purchase the Seeds


Arugula is a spring or fall green that is typically grown from seed. Often called rocket, the leafy vegetable is prized for its strong, peppery flavor. There are two basic types of arugula: cultivated and wild. The wild varieties have a more pungent taste. Popular varieties include Rocket and Wild Italian Rocket.


Step 2: Prepare the Site


Arugula likes cool temperatures, a fair amount of sun and plenty of moisture. With a garden fork, work some high-nitrogen fertilizer into the top 5" or 6" of soil. Partition the garden bed into small sections using pebbles or other materials. These areas make it easy to plant successive crops for a longer harvest of tender greens.



Step 3: Plant the Arugula


In early spring, when soil temperatures are 40 and 65 degrees, it is safe to plant the seeds. Scatter the seeds across the soil in one section of the garden bed. It is fine if seeds overlap as the seedlings will be thinned later on. Cover the seeds with 1/4" of fine garden soil and gently water them in. Keep the bed moist until the seeds germinate.



Step 4: Thin the Seedlings


The arugula seeds should germinate in about a week. When the seedlings are 1" tall, thin them so that the plants are spaced 3" to 4" apart. To remove them, simply snip the plants at the soil line with a pair of scissors.



Step 5: Provide Shade


Many gardeners use shade tents to give arugula a bit of protection from the hot summer sun. Consider using floating row covers suspended by wire hoops. Secure the corners with bricks or rocks to prevent them blowing away.



Step 6: Harvest the Arugula


Arugula is typically ready for harvest between 35 and 45 days after sowing. To harvest, simply pull the outer leaves off near the base of the plant, leaving the inner leaves to continue to grow. Many gardeners prefer to harvest the entire plant by pulling it from the ground, roots and all.







Tequila - Rosemary - Garlic - Pepper -  Olive oil

As many of you already know, I am not a cook..so I experiment with the free range, fresh poultry, as often as I can. This is something I came up with today and it was MARVELOUS!

1 Rainbow Ranch Farms Chicken (Fresh - 2.5-3.0lbs), 3 Cloves Fresh Garlic (chopped), Garlic Powder, 1/2 Cup Tequila Orendain Ollitas Reposado, Olive Oil, Ground Black Pepper,  Ground Rosemary (from my garden, dried in 2008).

I washed the chicken inside and out, placed it in a large bowl (breasts up), sprayed it with olive oil (until covered), sprinkled black ground pepper until it covered, then sprinkled the Garlic powder generously, followed with the rosemary (very generously. I poured tequila inside the cavity, then stuffed it with 3 large cloves of chopped garlic, and let it sit for about 30 minutes covered with a towel.

I have a small countertop convection oven (DecoSonic)the temperatures are in celsius. I placed the chicken breasts up on the rack, cooked it on 200c for 30 minutes, then I flipped it over (breasts down) on 200c for an additional 30 minutes. Finally I flipped it one more time breasts up and browned it on 220c for 20 minutes.

It was GREAT!




9 STEPS TO A BASIC TURKEY RECIPE: Add seasonings to taste. Since cooking times vary and can depend on you elevation, humidity, ambiant temperatures, oven working conditions etc.. this is based on a meat thermometer.

This recipe I used on a 39# White Holland Turkey Tom and he was simply delicious. He finished out tender, moist and bursting with natural flavor. I cooked him without any seasoning, no salt, no pepper "NOTHING", and the meat was almost falling off the bones.

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