Name: spinach, English spinach, common spinach (Spinacia oleracea).
Height: 30cm, but varies depending on variety.
Climate: best in cold climates, but can be grown in all climates depending on variety and time of year.
Soil: prefers a free-draining soil enriched with compost and decomposed manure.
Position: full sun during the cooler months, or part shade in warmer weather.
Flowering and fruiting: remove flowers to keep plants from running to seed.
Feeding: apply regular applications of seaweed solution during the growing season.
Watering: water regularly, especially during dry or hot weather.
The term spinach usually refers to the traditional cool-climate English spinach (Spinacia oleracea), which is usually grown during autumn and winter. However, it has also become a general term for many different greens, including warm-season crops such as Chinese spinach (Amaranthus sp) and French spinach (Atriplex hortensis), both of which are related to English spinach, as well as New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia sp), Egyptian spinach (Corchorus sp) and Indian, Malabar or Ceylon spinach (Basella sp). All varieties produce leafy green growth that can be eaten fresh, steamed or cooked, or added fresh to smoothies.
English spinach grows best during the cooler seasons, as it is slower to bolt (run to seed) and is not subjected to any heat stress.
The soil should not be waterlogged but should not dry out too quickly.
Spinach is an easy to grow crop that tastes best when grown quickly during the cooler months.
Water regularly during seed germination and during hot or dry weather. Apply a seaweed solution fortnightly to maintain optimal plant health and vigour.
Humans aren’t the only ones who find spinach delicious – snails and slugs are a problem throughout the entire growing cycle of spinach. Lay pet-friendly snail pellets or traps to minimise damage.
After applying fertiliser, delay harvesting for a few days and rinse well before cooking and eating. If using products to deal with pests, diseases or weeds, always read the label, follow the instructions carefully and wear suitable protective equipment. Store all garden chemicals out of the reach of children and pets.
Peas: another cool-season crop that’s easy to grow with an abundant harvest.
Brussels sprouts: love them or hate them, they are a star of the winter garden.
Broccoli: a wonderful and nutritious cool-season crop that’s packed with antioxidants.
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