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Growing Spinach, also English spinach

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P       P P      

(Best months for growing Spinach in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 30 cm apart
  • Harvest in 5-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Broad beans (fava), cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant (aubergine), onion, peas, strawberry, santolina
  • Baby spinach
    Baby spinach
  • Young spinach
    Young spinach

Green leaf crop. Spinach grows best in cooler weather and quickly runs to seed in warm weather. Can be sown in Fall/Autumn and overwintered if protected by mulch. Not recommended to grow in warm areas. Alternatives suitable for warm areas are Swiss Chard (Silverbeet) or NZ spinach.

Will not grow well in acid soil.

Succession sowing will provide a supply through the winter months.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Spinach

Use young leaves in salad.
Steam and add to other vegetables.

Your comments and tips

02 Jul 17, Scott (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I've had great success with English Medania Spinach from D.T. Brown seeds (in sub-tropical area). I planted about 6 weeks ago and they are ready for picking. Packet recommends planting August and Winter for my area.
12 May 17, Roelene (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Wich tipe / tipes of herbs can we use to keep insects out of my vegetable gardens?
14 May 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
What type of insects are you wanting to keep out? Remember, not all insects are harmful to your veggie patch. Mint, dill, and sage are all good at repelling the cabbage moth from your brassicas. Basil, chamomile, and lavender repel flies and mosquitoes. There are many other examples.
11 Mar 17, Viv Shakespeare (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grew up in NZ and we grew and ate what we called spinach (english) or silver beet. I can easily buy the same silverbeet but never see english spinach, only 'baby'spinach. Not what I want on a winter's night. I thought it may be bought up by supermarkets from 'down south'. Also what did you mean by NZ Spinach? Thanks.
12 Mar 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
New Zealand spinach, which also grows wild in south eastern Australia is a soft leafed groundcover with the name of Tetragonia tetragonioides. It is also called Warrigal Greens. It grows easily from cuttings and can be eaten raw or steamed. Normally only the tips and fresh growth are eaten. (http://www.gardenate.com/plant/NZ%20Spinach?zone=2)
12 Mar 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Try a fruit shop or green grocer. In Victoria we can buy it in a bunch, including the roots (washed). Alternatively you could grow your own. Seed is readily available. All the best.
15 Jul 16, Alan (Australia - arid climate)
What fertilizer should I use before planting silverbeat
27 Jul 17, chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
It's a leafy green so likes a bit of nitrogen. Dynamic lifter?
13 May 16, Marilyn (Australia - temperate climate)
We get severe frosts during winter- should we have it covered over night for protection ? Thank you
19 Jan 16, pardon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
How efficient is it to direct-seed spinach at a commercial production level?
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Try a fruit shop or green grocer. In Victoria we can buy it in a bunch, including the roots (washed). Alternatively you could grow your own. Seed is readily available. All the best.

- John

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