Posted: 21/11/2012 at 11:09
Had loads of Swiss Chard last year (welcome Pepperted) but thought I would follow M. Don's advice and grow Winter Giant Spinach - well the seeds have been in for weeks and nothing has happened; is there something about growing spinach that I ought to know as I do seem to have big problems with it.
It is all in the preparation Artjak, the bed needs to be deeply dug with plenty of well rotted manure dug in then dress the top with granular fertiliser. Winter Spinach is more often called Spinach beet, you only use the leaves which taste like spinach.
Sow in late July or August for a winter crop in a sheltered sunny site and thin out when the first shoots show then thin out again to about nine inches apart when they grow taller, the thinnings can be eaten.
The summer crop should be sown in March and progresively sown for a continuous crop, this needs to be out of full sun as it will run to seed so a shaded spot will do nicely.