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Growing Spinach, also English spinach

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(Best months for growing Spinach in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 5-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Broad beans (fava), cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant (aubergine), onion, peas, strawberry, santolina
  • Baby spinach
    Baby spinach
  • Young spinach
    Young spinach

Green leaf crop. Spinach grows best in cooler weather and quickly runs to seed in warm weather. Can be sown in Fall/Autumn and overwintered if protected by mulch. Not recommended to grow in warm areas. Alternatives suitable for warm areas are Swiss Chard (Silverbeet) or NZ spinach.

Will not grow well in acid soil.

Succession sowing will provide a supply through the winter months.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Spinach

Use young leaves in salad.
Steam and add to other vegetables.

Your comments and tips

11 Mar 17, Viv Shakespeare (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grew up in NZ and we grew and ate what we called spinach (english) or silver beet. I can easily buy the same silverbeet but never see english spinach, only 'baby'spinach. Not what I want on a winter's night. I thought it may be bought up by supermarkets from 'down south'. Also what did you mean by NZ Spinach? Thanks.
12 Mar 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
New Zealand spinach, which also grows wild in south eastern Australia is a soft leafed groundcover with the name of Tetragonia tetragonioides. It is also called Warrigal Greens. It grows easily from cuttings and can be eaten raw or steamed. Normally only the tips and fresh growth are eaten. (http://www.gardenate.com/plant/NZ%20Spinach?zone=2)
12 Mar 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Try a fruit shop or green grocer. In Victoria we can buy it in a bunch, including the roots (washed). Alternatively you could grow your own. Seed is readily available. All the best.
15 Jul 16, Alan (Australia - arid climate)
What fertilizer should I use before planting silverbeat
13 May 16, Marilyn (Australia - temperate climate)
We get severe frosts during winter- should we have it covered over night for protection ? Thank you
19 Jan 16, pardon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
How efficient is it to direct-seed spinach at a commercial production level?
01 Jan 16, S. Haley (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
which fertilizer could I use for the spinach I planted in clay soil and how to find the seed on the plant.
02 Jan 16, RayS (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Leafy greens like humus rich soil. Add some well-composted chicken manure and mulch around the plants. As for seeds, it depends on what you mean by spinach. Here in Australia some people call silverbeet (Beta vulgaris) spinach while others use the word spinach when referring to true spinach (Spinacia oleracea). For the former, seed is found on seed stalks that the plant sends up after it has been through a winter. The seeds are rough and corky and when dry can be easily stripped from the stalks between fingers and thumb. For the latter, it is similar but you need to be very careful. Older varieties have very thorny seeds so do not attempt stripping them from the stalks without a sturdy pair of gloves. True spinach has male and female plants so you will need at least one of each for seed. More is better.
05 Dec 15, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Good idea to go out at night with a bright torch. I found an advancing army of slugs and snails sliding across the the dewey wet lawn heading to the vege patch. I just use a little hand spade and chop them in half. After several nights of disposing of up to 20 a night they are now almost non existent. It's good fun . . . hehehe.
14 Dec 15, Jaime (Australia - temperate climate)
Hehehe love it! I've also heard a bowl of beer? Apparently they are drawn to this as they like the taste and then drown. Am yet to try this....
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