Vegetables > Spinach

How to grow spinach:

Name
Spinacea aleracea.

Family
Chenopodiaceae.

Seeds
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Sow spinach seeds in late winter in a greenhouse or on a windowsill. Sow two spinach seeds in a pot at a time and then thin out the weaker of the two as necessary.

Spinach prefers a lime soil which is rich in moisture retaining organic matter.

Plant out the small spinach plants in early spring under cloches keeping the plants 6 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart.

After this first planting sow spinach seeds outside in shallow drills 12 inches apart and thin the seedlings to 12 inches apart. Continue sowing at intervals of about 4 weeks until mid summer.

Keep well watered and weeded.

Pick a few leaves from each plant without disturbing the roots. The plants will continue to grow and leaves can be picked as and when needed.