A picture of a Spinach

Spinach

Spinacia oleracea

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Spinach Overview

Spinacia oleracea is commonly known as Spinach, this plant has large edible leaves. It is rich in vitamins A, B, and C, iron, magnesium, manganese, and folate. It is an easy growing green vegetable that produces for a long time, making it an excellent addition to any vegetable garden.

Common problems with Spinach

How to harvest Spinach

Spinach leaves can be harvested within 7-9 weeks of sowing when the plants have 5-6 leaves. Harvest leaves throughout the growing season until the flower stalks emerge.

How to propagate Spinach

Seed

Sow seeds directly in late spring to summer or indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost, 6-8 mm deep and 15-25 cm apart. Germination takes 8-12 days.

Special features of Spinach

Crop rotation

Spinach is a heavy feeder and needs a supply of nutrients.

Other uses of Spinach

Culinary

Medicinal

Although the iron content was believed to be very high (leading to the Popeye strong human assumption), it was a decimal fault corrected in 1930. It is also high in Calcium, vitamins and minerals.

Edible

Leaves and stems are edible and are great eaten fresh, steamed or sautéd.

Edibles to Sow Under Cover in February.

Get an early start on the growing year, try these on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator

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Edibles to Sow Outdoors in March

If the soil is warm enough, get an early start on the growing year by direct sowing these into prepared beds.

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