Growing English Spinach

Latest Update 27th August 2017.


English Spinach
  • English spinach is a cut and come again vegetable. Similar to silverbeet but much more compact and slower growing.
  • Despite its slightly higher nutrient value, I prefer to grow silverbeet because its more productive, less likely to run to seed in warm weather and we prefer the taste.
Details.
  • Binomial Name:                                            Spinacia oleracea.
  • Family:                                                          Amaranthaceae.
  • Variety:                                                         English Spinach.
  • Crop Rotation Group:                                     Light Feeders.
  • Garden Bed Type:                                          Garden Ecobed.
  • Plant Spacings (centres x rows):                     400 x 350mm. 
  • Recommended pH:                                        6.0 - 7.5.
  • Minimum sun per day:                                    4 hours.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                          18 weeks.
  • Good Companions:                                        Beans, beetroot, sage, onion, potato, nasturtium.
  • Climate:                                                        Warm temperate.
  • Geography:                                                   Southern hemisphere. 
Nutrition.
  • This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. 
  • It is a good source of thiamin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate and manganese. 
  • More from nutrition data.self.com.
Maintaining Ecobed Productivity.
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds.  It describes how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants through their leaves.
Propagating Seedlings.
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I propagate seeds.
Propagation Plan.
  • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Growing Instructions.
  • In February sow a few spinach seeds in Jiffy pots in an EcoPropagator.
  • When the seedlings are about 100mm tall plant them, still in their jiffy pots, in the prepared bed.
  • Water them well with dilute seaweed extract (suppliers dilution rate), and return the mulch so the soil is covered..  
Harvesting and Storage.
  • English Spinach can be harvested continuously from the end of July, a few leaves at a time.
  • You can store any surplus in your freezer.  Simply wash, dry, roughly chop the leaves, and pack them in large plastic zip bags in the freezer.
Organic Pest Control.
  • English Spinach, like most vegetables, is vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my garden.  My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them.  For details click on the appropriate link below.
  • Slugs and snails. 
  • Caterpillars.
  • Whitefly.
  • Greenfly.
  • Root knot nematodes.