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Growing Spinach, also English spinach

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P       P P      

(Best months for growing Spinach in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 5-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Broad beans (fava), cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant (aubergine), onion, peas, strawberry, santolina
  • Baby spinach
  • Young spinach

Green leaf crop. Spinach grows best in cooler weather and quickly runs to seed in warm weather. Can be sown in Fall/Autumn and overwintered if protected by mulch. Not recommended to grow in warm areas. Alternatives suitable for warm areas are Swiss Chard (Silverbeet) or NZ spinach.

Will not grow well in acid soil.

Succession sowing will provide a supply through the winter months.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Spinach

Use young leaves in salad.
Steam and add to other vegetables.

Your comments and tips

10 Feb 19, Sandy (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
How successful is English spinach grown in Winter rainfall areas in South Africa . Any advice ? Thank you
16 Jun 18, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I live in cool area, I’m growing soybeans but I was not very successful, I can not produce sweet soybeans, the seeds were bitter when I try them. Tell me length of time to plant tell harvest to an edible seeds pls.
16 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Seeing they are not discussed here I suggest you try googling
11 Jun 18, Dhan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am searching the recommended fertilizer application rate for spinach in Australian climate ( Melbourne).
13 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Any general fertiliser will do. 10-12% N 4-8% P 10-14% K - use 2-3 teaspoons to 9 liters of water. A bit more if the plants are well established less if small seedlings.
07 May 18, Dhan Kathayat (Australia - temperate climate)
What is the recommended dose of chemical fertilizer for spinach in Australia?
08 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Depends how rich your soil is to start with. If good soil then you wouldn't need any. If your soil needs some then wait until plants are established or put some in the garden before you plant. About 10-30 gms to 9 liters of water - 9 liter watering can from Bunnings.. Small plants about 10-15gms - bigger 20-30 gms. A heaped teaspoon is about 6-7 gms. Trial and error - go on the weak side rather than too strong to start with. Bigger veggies you can increase that to 100-120 - like corn.
26 Apr 18, Helen (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Can you please advise whether all brassicas like some lime or are spinach and cauliflower plants Ok with more acid soil.
08 May 18, Andrea (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Spinach isn't actually a brassica but likes lime yes. Cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens and some Asian greeens are in the genus Brassica. See this link if you're interested.
16 Apr 18, Phil (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi all. Just wondering has anyone had any expierience re different tasting varieties when cooked. This year I grew Amsterdam Giant and was somewhat dissapointed in the intensity of the flavour. Anyone with varieties that they can list that are good when cooked would be appreciated
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