Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Grow­ing spinach You can now be sow­ing true spinach - the an­nual, green leafy plant as op­posed to per­pet­ual spinach or leaf beet, a bi­en­nial which can be sown later next month - in short rows once ev­ery three weeks to give you a suc­ces­sion of crops through­out the sum­mer. They key is to pick it when the leaves are small, be­fore it starts to bolt. Pre­pare the seedbed well, rak­ing in bal­anced fer­tiliser and wa­ter if the soil is dry and sown thinly into drills 1cm deep and 30cm apart. The first few sow­ings should be pro­tected with cloches. Through March and April, con­tinue to sow small amounts of true spinach at in­ter­vals. Thin the seedlings to around 10-15cm apart and use the thin­nings in sal­ads. Good va­ri­eties in­clude ‘Gi­ant win­ter’, which will over­win­ter from an au­tumn sow­ing, and ‘Mikado’ and ‘Ama­zon Seed’.

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