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Spinach is a dark, leafy green superfood. Packed full of nutrients and antioxidants, a good source of folic acid, manganese and vitamins A and C, and can be thrown into just about any dish for a quick veg boost. Spinach is a fast-growing plant that's low maintenance and easy to grow from seed.
Planting & Soil Preparation
Spinach likes well-worked, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Enrich the soil with Baileys Soil Improver Plus which contains compost and manure that will encourage strong and healthy growth. If you have very sandy soils, use Baileys Clay & Compost.
If growing in pots or tubs, choose Baileys Veg & Herb Premium Planting mix.
Sow seeds in clumps of 2 or 3, 1cm deep. Keep moist not wet until the seeds have germinated, seedlings should appear within 14 days, for a continuous crop sow every 2-3 weeks. For best yield they'll need at least 4 hours sun a day although they will tolerate partial shade.
Maintenance & Harvest
Baileys Soil Matters Garden contains all essential macro and micronutrients, and a biological coating which encourages strong root growth. Apply during the growing season and water in well.
Weed regularly around your seedlings so they don't have to compete for water. Adding a layer of mulch will help keep the soil moist and prevent weeds from growing.
Spinach is a fast-cropping winter green and will be ready to harvest in just 10 weeks. The whole plant can be harvested at once by cutting at the base or you can pick leaves from the plant when small as the larger they get the more bitter they will taste.
Cooking with Spinach
Spinach is super versatile. Use it in soups, stews, salads and sandwiches, or even whizzed into smoothies or lattes.
This Artichoke & Spinach Flatbread Pizza would make a great mid-week dinner!
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