Good enough to eat
If you want some leaves later on, sow a variety of winterhardy true spinach in August and again in September for picking between October and April.
Sow directly into a well-prepared seedbed, raking in balanced fertiliser and water if the soil is dry. Sow thinly into seed drills 1cm deep and 30cm apart, in a sunny or lightly shaded spot.
Thin seedlings to 8cm apart as soon as they are large enough to handle and remove alternate plants a few weeks later for kitchen use.
Winter varieties will need some sort of protection from October onwards such as cloches or straw. Good winter types include ‘Giant Winter’ and ‘Atlanta’.