Spinach can be grown to produce a crop all year round, making it a useful vegetable to grow when other greens might be in short supply. Prepared and cooked properly, it is a tasty, versatile crop that can even be used in salads. Some cultivars can be overwintered for an early spring harvest. Winter cultivars need a sunny position, but summer types benefit from a little shade.
Sow March to May
Thin seedlings to 7.5cm (3in) apart when large enough to handle. A few weeks later harvest every alternative plant for use in the kitchen.
Keep well watered during dry periods in summer.
Winter cultivars will need protection from October onwards - unless you live in a mild area. Cover with cloches or protect the crown with straw or similar material and cover with fleece.
Summer cultivars: pick between late May and the end of October.
Winter cultivars: pick between October and April.
Harvest the leaves continually once they're large enough to pick. To prevent the leaves tasting bitter make sure the soil is rich and contains plenty of organic matter.
ie: Spinach and Chard
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