Spinach

Spinach is a high yield fast-growing crop.  Can be eaten raw or cooked.

Grow in full sun or partial shade.  Partial shade is preferable for summer harvests as this helps prevent bolting and going to seed too early.

Make drills for mature crops 12 inches (30 cm) apart (for cut-and-come-again make the drills 4 inches apart).

Thin drill sown seedlings to an ultimate spacing of 6 inches (15 cm).

Sow in succession every week or two for continuous cropping.

Top-dress beds with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

 

Spinach can be grown as a cut-and-come-again crop or grown to maturity in 10-12 weeks.

Can be harvested for 8 months of the year, from early spring to mid-winter (but will need protection from frosts by using a cloche or fleece).