There are many to choose from and most seem to be readily available as seed or as seedlings. Summer Green, Bloomsdale, Approach are all good varieties.
When, where and how to plant:
Spinach will happily grow in full sun and semi shade. It will grow well in the garden or in pots and containers. It’s critical that the soil is well worked over and free of lumps and clods. Add compost and manure to enrich it. Germination of spinach seeds can take anything between a week and 2 weeks.
Dig the soil to around 30cm depth as this is how far the plants tap root can develop. Sow seeds in Spring, summer and Autumn. Seedlings are available all year round to plant out.
• Spinach is a gross feeder, so regular applications of liquid plant food or sheep pellets is required
• Keep soil moist throughout dry periods
• Watch out for slugs and snails
Pick when leaves are big enough. The smaller leaves are sweeter and ideal for salads and coleslaws. Whereas the older leaves when picked are best for cooking.
How to use:
Use raw in salads or lightly steamed spinach is a suitable accompaniment to a wide range of dishes.