Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an edible flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae native to central and western Asia.
It is an annual plant (rarely biennial), which grows up to 30 cm tall. Spinach may survive over winter in temperate regions. Ours does survive but only if we transplant it in to the poly-tunnel or the greenhouse.
- Sowing Months: March, April, May, June, July
- Position: sun or semi shade, dappled shade
We also have to be very careful in the summer to keep it well watered or it will go to seed because of this we also grow another variety.
Perpetual Spinach (Beta vulgaris)
Hardy Biennial so not truly perpetual but it does grow the whole year and give us amazing nutrition and flavour in the depths of winter.
If your summer spinach is always running to seed before you manage to get a worthwhile crop off it, then Spinach Perpetual is the variety for you because it virtually never runs to seed in its first season, therefore very good on dry ground. Spinach Perpetual is succulent, prolific and very hardy, suitable for autumn and winter crops too.
- Sowing Months: March, April, September, October
- Position: sun or semi shade