Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Spinach TRUE spinach is an an­nual, green leafy plant pop­u­lar in sal­ads, steamed or used in stir-fries. It is best sown in suc­ces­sion through the sum­mer and cut when small, be­fore it starts to bolt.

The first sow­ings can be made in Fe­bru­ary in short rows once ev­ery three weeks, di­rectly into a well-pre­pared seedbed in drills 1cm deep and 30cm apart.

The first leaves should be ready for cut­ting around 12 weeks from sow­ing, but don’t sow in sum­mer or the plants may bolt quickly. How­ever, true spinach can be cut right through to Novem­ber, al­though you may have to pro­tect it with cloches if you live in a cold area.

Types like ‘Gi­ant Win­ter’ will over­win­ter from an au­tumn sow­ing.

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