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SPINACH

If you’re looking for a crop that has all-year-round availability, is rich in vitamin A and C and is relatively problem-free, you won’t go too far wrong with spinach, says Tony Flanagan

GROWING GUIDE

SOW: Mar-May/ Aug-Sep

HARVEST: Jan-Dec

Having its origins in the Middle East, it seems strange that this leafy vegetable is comfortable in the often cool and wet UK climate, but comfortable it is. Traditionally grown to full maturity, spinach is also now very popular as a baby leaf, added to salads and stir-fries.

Spinach will grow in sun or partial shade, but avoid a very sunny spot as in hot weather it is prone to bolting. It likes a moisture retentive, fertile soil so digging in plenty of well-rotted organic matter or manure a few weeks prior to planting will provide the perfect foundation for strong and healthy plants.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - Offers & giveaways worth £2672 , including tickets to Blenheim Palace & Gardens - Runner beans - Hanging baskets - Gutter gardens - Be a blueberry smoothie with advice from our fruit expert - Plug those gaps with our young plant buyer's guide - Yes you can! Pick health-boosting harvests in just 4 weeks - Shady characyers Vag that loves the dark side - Save 10% on products - 6 great recipes fermenting masterclass -Spinach made simple