Sow or plant spinach

Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

English spinach is one of the most sought-af­ter leafy veg­eta­bles, and it’s handy hav­ing it grow­ing in the gar­den. It can be tossed into sal­ads, casseroles and cur­ries, or blanched and served with eggs. It thrives in the cooler months and can be planted now in most parts of the coun­try. You’ll find pun­nets of seedlings avail­able, but seeds ger­mi­nate read­ily, so con­sider sowing them di­rectly where you want them to grow in the ground or in pots. Find a spot that gets at least four hours of di­rect sun a day, prefer­ably morn­ing sun. Pre­pare your bed well, re­mov­ing any weeds and digging over the soil to a fine, crumbly con­sis­tency. Mix through some com­post and an or­ganic fer­tiliser, such as blood and bone or pel­letised poul­try ma­nure. Rake the soil level, lightly dampen it, then sow your seed 1cm deep in fur­rows 20–30cm apart.

As long as you keep the bed moist, your seed should ger­mi­nate in 1–2 weeks. Thin out ex­cess seedlings, so that your plants are spaced about 15cm apart. Keep the wa­ter up to them, and treat them to some liq­uid fer­tiliser once ev­ery 10 days or so, and you should be en­joy­ing your first har­vest in 8–10 weeks.

English spinach is a clas­sic pick-and-come-again type of crop, so al­ways pick the out­side leaves first, as you would with let­tuce or sil­ver­beet, leav­ing behind enough fo­liage to sup­port con­tin­ual growth.

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