VI­TAL VEGGIE FOR MAY: Spinach

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Spinach is not only full of flavour, it’s full of good­ness too! It’s high in iron and vi­ta­mins A and C, and low in kilo­joules, so it’s good for the waist­line too. What most of us know as spinach is usu­ally Swiss chard. This is be­cause Swiss chard is more read­ily avail­able, as it’s heat tol­er­ant, more pro­duc­tive and eas­ier to grow.

Swiss chard and spinach both ger­mi­nate eas­ily, don’t take up much space and are easy to har­vest. But they also need lots of food, so if you want to har­vest on a con­tin­ual ba­sis, reg­u­lar feed­ing is the se­cret of suc­cess.

PRE­PARE and en­rich the soil be­fore plant­ing with lots of or­gan­ics as well as bone meal for root de­vel­op­ment.

SOW both veg­eta­bles in situ. Swiss chard can also be sown in seed trays, as it trans­plants bet­ter than spinach.

KEEP the soil moist dur­ing ger­mi­na­tion – about five days.

SEEDLINGS should be spaced, or thinned out, to about 20cm apart.

FEED with a liq­uid fer­tiliser about two weeks af­ter ger­mi­na­tion and once a month af­ter that, or more fre­quently if you are har­vest­ing reg­u­larly.

SUC­CES­SION plant­ing is rec­om­mended. (This means plant­ing an­other crop in the same space once the first crop has been har­vested.) • For more in­for­ma­tion on how to bring life to your gar­den, visit www.lifeis­agar­den.co.za.

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