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  Organic Container Gardening - Simple and Easy Ways to Grow Vegetables and Flowers in Pots
  Organic Vegetable Cultivation Table
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  Vegetable Crops in alphabetical order by name
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  Why Vegetable Container Gardening is Getting More Popular Today Than Ever
  How to grow organic Asparagus
  How to grow organic Aubergines
  How to grow organic Beetroot
  How to grow organic Broad beans
  How to grow organic Broccoli
  How to grow organic Brussels sprouts
  How to grow organic Cabbage
  How to grow organic Calabrese
  How to grow organic Carrot
  How to grow organic Cauliflower
  How to grow organic Celeriac
  How to grow organic Celery
  How to grow organic Celtuce
  How to grow organic Chinese broccoli
  How to grow organic Chinese cabbage
  How to grow organic Chicory
  How to grow organic Corn
  How to grow organic Cucumbers and Gherkins
  How to grow organic Endive
  How to grow organic Florence fennel
  How to grow organic French beans
  How to grow organic Garlic
  How to grow organic Globe artichokes
  How to grow organic Jerusalem artichokes
  How to grow organic Kale and borecole
  How to grow organic Kohl rabi
  How to grow organic Komatsuna
  How to grow organic Land cress
  How to grow organic Leaf beet
  How to grow organic Leeks
  How to grow organic Lettuce
  How to grow organic Mizuna
  How to grow organic Mustard greens
  How to grow organic New Zealand spinach
  How to grow organic Onions
  How to grow organic Parsnips and Hamburg Parsley
  How to grow organic Peas
  How to grow organic Peppers (hot and sweet)
  How to grow organic Potatoes
  How to grow organic Radishes
  How to grow organic Rocket
  How to grow organic Runner beans
  How to grow organic Salad onions
  How to grow organic Salsify, Scorzonera and Scolymus
  How to grow organic Seakale
  How to grow organic Shallots
  How to grow organic Spinach
  How to grow organic Squash
  How to grow organic Swede
  How to grow organic Texsel greens
  How to grow organic Tomatoes
  How to grow organic Turnips




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How to grow organic Spinach


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Spinach
Popeye's favourite vegetable

Spinach

Spinacea oleracea

Family: Chenopodiaceae (Group 1)

We all know that Popeye loves spinach, and cooked correctly, it really is a delectable vegetable, and an essential ingredient in many curries (shown on menus as 'Sag'). Organic spinach is so easy to grow, it's almost 'sow and forget'. Make a little space on your plot today for this neglected vegetable.

Traditional varieties are divided into Summer and Winter spinach, but many modern varieties are dual purpose. Perpetual spinach is a completely different crop, also known as leaf beet. There is also New Zealand spinach, again totally unrelated, but good for use in warmer areas, where bolting is prevalent.

Site/soil

Rich, well-manured soil is ideal, but any reasonable soil will do. Ideal pH is 7. Lime acid soil. The ideal place for Summer spinach is between rows of tall growing vegetables. This is because it bolts if it gets too much sun, so the shading is helpful.

Recommended cultivars (all bolt-resistant)
Summer: Medania (mildew resistant), Norvak
Winter: Broadleaved prickly, Longstanding prickly, Monnopa (low oxalic acid)
Dual-purpose: Sigmaleaf, Dominant

Dig deeply in Autumn. Fertilise two weeks before sowing with Growmore 100% organic or blood, fish and bone (wear gloves).

Sow Summer spinach successionally every three weeks from late February to end May, Winter spinach in August and again in September. Protect with cloches in cold parts of the year. Sow 25mm (1") deep in 30cm (12") rows and thin as soon as possible, Summer spinach to 15cm (6") and Winter spinach to 23cm (9").

Water heavily in dry weather.

Harvest Summer spinach from end May to November, winter spinach from October to April. Young leaves can be taken at 5-10cm (2-4"). Up to half the leaves of Summer types can be taken, Winter spinach must be picked much more sparingly. Take care not to disturb the roots.

Cloche or cover Winter spinach with straw in late Autumn in cold areas. A late sowing can be made in a cold greenhouse or polytunnel to give excellent Winter pickings.

Pests and Diseases

Downy mildew may occur, usually due to poor drainage and overcrowding. Birds are supposed to be a serious problem, attacking plants both at the seedling stage and when plants are mature, although in my experience they prefer other crops, such as onions and runner beans.





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