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Choose a sunny or part-shaded spot and fork in some well-rotted manure. Sow the seed along a pre-made, pre-wetted drill, 1.5-2cm deep, 30cm between rows. Cover and water so the soil is just moist.
Thin out the seedlings at regular intervals, removing the more congested and weaker plants, to a final spacing of about 15cm.
After thinning, water well to re-settle the soil around the roots. Keeping the soil moist not only decreases the risk of plants bolting, but also produces a more tender, more succulent leaf.
Spinach is tasty, versatile and nutritious – and easy to grow, too.
Spinach is ready to harvest 6-10 weeks after sowing, and growth is quickest during warmer weather. Use a sharp knife to avoid pulling the plants and loosening them in the ground.