Produces fast-growing true type spinach which has attractive round, dark green foliage which is delicious as baby leaves. Ideal for spring and autumn growing: it is possible to sow from as early as February and as late as September, though recommended times are March to mid April and August.
Grow your own
Difficulty – Easy
Sow - March-May & August-September
Harvest – All year round
Seed Packet - Aprox 250 Seeds
Add depth to salads and sandwiches. A great gourmet pizza topping. Contributes delicious flavour to pasta, egg dishes and soups
Before sowing, ensure good growth by digging in up to two bucketfuls per square metre (square yard) of well-rotted organic matter such as garden compost, and raking in 150g per square metre (5oz per square yard) of general fertiliser. Sow seeds 2.5cm (1in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart, or in a large container. Sow seeds of summer cultivars every few weeks from February (under fleece or cloches), or outdoors from mid-March to the end of May. Sow winter cultivars in August and again in September.
Thin seedlings to 7.5cm (3in) apart when large enough to handle. A few weeks later harvest every alternative plant for use in the kitchen.
Keep well watered during dry periods in summer.
Winter cultivars will need protection from October onwards - unless you live in a mild area. Cover with cloches or protect the crown with straw or similar material and cover with fleece.
Summer cultivars: pick between late May and the end of October.
Winter cultivars: pick between October and April.
Harvest the leaves continually once they're large enough to pick. To prevent the leaves tasting bitter make sure the soil is rich and contains plenty of organic matter.