Welcome to my website. This website handles the overflow from 'Growing Organic Vegetables'. Both sites help you grow fabulous organic vegetables in a warm temperate climate using water saving methods. Both link to "Gardening with Ecobeds" providing detailed instructions on how to build your own sustainable Garden Ecobed and explaining how to get excellent results............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing English Spinach
Latest Update 27th August 2017.
English spinach is a cut and come again vegetable. Similar to silverbeet but much more compact and slower growing.
Despite its slightly higher nutrient value, I prefer to grow silverbeet because its more productive,
less likely to run to seed in warm weather and we prefer the taste.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
In February sow a few spinach seeds in Jiffy pots in an EcoPropagator.
When the seedlings are about 100mm tall plant them, still in their jiffy pots, in the prepared bed.
Water them well with dilute seaweed extract (suppliers dilution rate), and return the mulch so the soil is covered..
Harvesting and Storage.
English Spinach can be harvested continuously from the end of July, a few leaves at a time.
You can store any surplus in your freezer. Simply wash, dry, roughly chop the leaves, and pack them in large plastic zip bags in the freezer.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, is vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.