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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 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 5-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Broad beans (fava), cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant (aubergine), onion, peas, strawberry, santolina

Your comments and tips

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?
01 Jan 16, S. Haley (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
which fertilizer could I use for the spinach I planted in clay soil and how to find the seed on the plant.
02 Jan 16, RayS (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Leafy greens like humus rich soil. Add some well-composted chicken manure and mulch around the plants. As for seeds, it depends on what you mean by spinach. Here in Australia some people call silverbeet (Beta vulgaris) spinach while others use the word spinach when referring to true spinach (Spinacia oleracea). For the former, seed is found on seed stalks that the plant sends up after it has been through a winter. The seeds are rough and corky and when dry can be easily stripped from the stalks between fingers and thumb. For the latter, it is similar but you need to be very careful. Older varieties have very thorny seeds so do not attempt stripping them from the stalks without a sturdy pair of gloves. True spinach has male and female plants so you will need at least one of each for seed. More is better.
05 Dec 15, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Good idea to go out at night with a bright torch. I found an advancing army of slugs and snails sliding across the the dewey wet lawn heading to the vege patch. I just use a little hand spade and chop them in half. After several nights of disposing of up to 20 a night they are now almost non existent. It's good fun . . . hehehe.
14 Dec 15, Jaime (Australia - temperate climate)
Hehehe love it! I've also heard a bowl of beer? Apparently they are drawn to this as they like the taste and then drown. Am yet to try this....
29 Feb 16, George (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I put beer in a bowl and then cover it with a lid to stop rain and wind ruining it but leaving a gap between the two. I can confirm it works.
23 Oct 15, StueeDee (Australia - arid climate)
I surmise the culprit may be slugs and snails and if that is then this recipe will assist: - Wormwood Brew - Handfuls of wormwood leaves, branches etc... in a bucket filled with water (hot water will work quicker) and really macerate it (smash it up to release the volatiles) sit for a day or more and strain. Once strained add into a spray bottle this liquid and add a lil >veg oil and
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This also happened to me, but it wasn't insects - it was birds having an early dawn feed. I placed bird netting over my crop and they've not been eaten since. I think the bird netting also keeps out flying insects which prevents them laying their eggs in the seed bed and therefore no worms/caterpillars to eat the leaves.

- Nicol

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