Spinach Growing Guide

Spinach

Crop Rotation Group

Chenopodiaceae (Beet family) 

Soil

Rich, moisture retentive soil which has had compost dug in.

Position

Shade or partial shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes, survives winter with mulch in milder areas.

Feeding

Not needed for spring crops grown in rich soil, but older plants benefit from feeding with a liquid feed in spring, when they show vigorous new growth.

Companions

Celery, Cauliflower, Aubergine, Strawberry and Cabbage.

Spacing

Single Plants: 25cm (9") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 30cm (11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow under cover in late winter, planting out in early spring, or direct into the soil from then on using cloches for protection if required.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Keep well watered. Hot or dry conditions can make it bolt (run to seed) which reduces production of usable leaves considerably. Sow another crop in late summer/early autumn.

Harvesting

Pick a few leaves at a time to allow the plant to continue producing more.

Troubleshooting

Slow growth and yellowing leaves indicate nutritional stress. Drench with a water soluble plant food.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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