Also known as
English Spinach, French Spinach, Spinasie (Afr.)
This plant has no fragrance
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
Spinach Companion Plants
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
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
Spinach is a heavy feeder and needs a supply of nutrients.
Other uses of Spinach
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.
Leaves and stems are edible and are great eaten fresh, steamed or sautéd.
Edibles to Sow Outdoors in August
Successional sowings of these quick growing and cropping plants will fill spaces and ensure a prolonged harvest.Explore all