Spinach Growing Guide

Spinacia oleracea


Crop Rotation Group

Chenopodiaceae (Beet family) 


Rich, moisture retentive soil which has had compost dug in.


Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes, survives winter with mulch.


If growth is slow or leaves are pale green, feed with liquid seaweed


Single Plants: 20cm (7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 30cm (11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow under cover in late winter, planting out in early spring. Direct sow from early spring until it becomes too hot. Sow again in late autumn for a winter crop
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Keep well watered. Hot or dry conditions can make it bolt (run to seed) which reduces production of usable leaves considerably.


Pick a few leaves at a time to allow the plant to continue producing more.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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