Spinach

Growing Guide

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Where to plant

Full sun/part shade (depending on variety). Rich, heavy soil.

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Sow depth

6mm

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Space between seeds / seedlings

5-10cm

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Row space

5-10cm

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Size of pot needed (width / depth)

20cm2

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Seedling Sow Depth

0.5-1cm

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Best practice

Directly sown

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Germination (days)

7-14

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Maturity (days)

30-40

How to Grow

From seed

Sow the seeds in a clump or 2-3 in a sunny spot in the veggie garden.

Once seedlings emerge, thin out.

In a pot

Choose a pot at least 30cm wide and deep, in a sunny or part shade spot.

Fill with quality potting mix.

Follow seed-> seedling -> harvest guide.

Ready to harvest

Harvest by snipping or pulling leaves at soil level, this will encourage leafier growth.

Collect seed

Wait for spinach to 'bolt' (go to seed after flowering), seeding takes about 50-60 days for the varieties Iā€™ve been growing (American, Winter Giant, and Purple Passion).

Once you see the seed forming, just let that plant keep growing.

Eventually, the spinach will die and start to dry out and fall overā€“and this is when you collect it up.

I usually harvest it and hang it upside down for another week or two just to be sure.

Once you have let your stalks dry, you can either carefully pull the seeds from the stalks and heads, or you can just put the whole stalk/head in a bag and store it that way.

When to Grow

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Zone 1 - Cool

February , March , April , May , June , July , August

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Zone 2 - Temperate

February , March , April , May , June

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Zone 3 - Subtropical

April , May , June , July

Companion Planting

Tips for Care

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Sow successive crops every 3-4 weeks to extend your harvest window.
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No veggie patch? No problem! Spinach can be sown in pots.

Choose a sunny spot on a patio or balcony.

It can be helpful to rotate the plant pots 180 degrees every week so as many of the spinach leaves are exposed to as much sunlight as possible!
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Acid soils (those where azaleas and camellias flourish) will appreciate the addition of some liquid lime & dolomite, which will sweeten the soil to the spinach's liking.
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In cold weather, growth may be slower, and harvest times will take longer.

Pests & Problems


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