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Growing Spinach

 

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Below are general guidelines for growing spinach, including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.

 

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Plant Height

Up to 30cm/12" 

Time between sowing and harvesting

8-12 weeks

Where to Sow

Outdoors in open ground or in containers

Sowing time

Outdoors late March to May  - temperature   +10C/50F. 

How to Sow

2.5cm/1" deep - thinly  in rows 30cm/12" apart or in groups/blocks

After Germination

When the seedlings are large enough to handle,  thin to  7.5cm/3" apart. Throw away the thinnings as these do not transplant well.

Growing on - 

in Pots

Keep very well watered and avoid dry spells.

Growing on -

in open ground

As above

Aftercare

Once the plants have reached 15cm/6", thin again by  removing alternate plants. These thinnings can be used in cooking. Keep the plants well watered and weed free.

Harvesting

Start picking young when the leaves have reached 5-7.5cm/2-3", starting with the outer leaves. Only pick a few leaves from each plant (no more than half the total leaves per plant at any one time). Pick regularly to encourage new growth and prolong the cropping season. Crops over 16-20 weeks.

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