Last night when I was making salads to go with dinner, I noticed this little leaf in my spinach:
It doesn’t look like the rest of the spinach leaves. That’s because it’s a cotyledon spinach leaf. I recognized it from growing spinach last year in the garden. When spinach plants sprout, their first two leaves are really long and skinny. They look nothing like the spinach leaves you are used to eating.
I assume that when spinach is grown in huge fields, it’s harvested by a machine that grabs the entire plant, cotyledons and all. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with eating cotyledons. It’s just another part of the plant. So if you’ve ever been digging through a container of spinach and found these strange looking leaves, that’s what they are. I thought it would be fitting to show this picture, since I just posted about cotyledons and true leaves last Sunday.
If I can get spinach to grow in the garden this year, I will post pictures of the spinach cotyledons in action.
By the way, the weather this week in Kansas is gorgeous! Last night after work, Benzo worked outside cleaning out our front flower bed while I made dinner. It was so nice to cook dinner with the kitchen window open and a breeze blowing in. We also ate at the table again. Hooray for not eating in front of the TV two nights in a row!
After dinner we watched one of the few shows I watch religiously on TV – 24. I love that show!
Today the temperatures might reach 80 degrees F. I’m so excited! I broke out the skirt and bare legs combo for the first time this year. And I can’t wait to get home tonight and get out to the garden. Hopefully the seeds we planted last week are sprouting. And I’d like to plant some more spring crops like peas, kale, collards and spinach. Finally I need to cut the seed potatoes into chunks to get them ready for planting on Thursday night.
Lots to do in the garden. How is everyone else’s garden or seeds doing?