It’s exciting when the plants get to the point where you can really tell what they are. When spinach first comes up, all you see are two leaves that might as well be grass. But after that it starts to sprout leaves that are identifiable as spinach.
I have one garden bed that’s completely devoted to salad greens, and when they first popped up, I couldn’t begin to remember what I’d planted where. (Clearly a failure of labeling.) But now you can look at that bed again and see exactly what is in each row. It’s mustard, collard greens, mizuna, lettuce and arugula. Each plant is identifiable as a miniature “baby greens” version of itself with distinctively shaped leaves.
Anyway, this is what the spinach looks like when it’s just getting going.