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Growing Spinach, also English spinach

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

19 Oct 15, Monique (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi, wondering if anyone can help me out. My spinach is being eaten like crazy and I can't seem to figure out what is eating it. Not only are all the leaves full of holes, but a lot of the leaves seem to have bites taken out of. It happens the moment new leaves start growing. Could this be a worm? And what can I do to prevent this? Whatever it is seems to only be targeting my spinach plants. I grow lettuce and tomatoes as well as cucumber, zucchini and bush beans and none of these plants have been eaten.
03 Dec 15, Nicol (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
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.
12 Nov 15, jaxthegardener (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
hi. mine are too. its the snails and slugs. go out at nite and you will see them feeding. I am using a garlic/chillie and soap water spray to keep the pests away.
08 Jun 16, Valda (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
How do you make garlic/chilli and soapwater spray?
03 Oct 15, Faye McGrath (Australia - temperate climate)
My English spinach is growing well but the leaves are becoming 'mottled' and paler. Obviously there is a lack of somrthing. Can you tell me what? Thank you Faye
03 Feb 15, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Help! My spinach is being completely stripped overnight, not just holes. I have put poison round each plant which worked the first night then it rained heavily and now the remaining plants have been eaten.
04 Feb 15, Luke (Australia - tropical climate)
the only insect i can think of would be grass hopper and some other bugs breeding in summer as they like heat, they are hard to kill unless heavily poison. Grass hopper can eat a plant in one night if the leaves are fresh. The only safe tip i can give is what i doing now, Spray the area with Madison 50, type of poison for pets that got lices, water your plants with insect repel, best if it natural, there are a range of products at your local garden center. hope this helps
21 Dec 14, neetu (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
i've got heaps of green kind of baby spinach does'nt have round shape it has spear look,not sure what is that and its keep spreading out in my garden. regards NM
12 Jun 15, Lucas (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Google "Warrigal Greens", it might be them.
16 Nov 14, Barbara Donovan (Australia - temperate climate)
When to pull spinach out?? We pick and have had many re growths?? Help?
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