Spinach - New Zealand
Technically, New Zealand is not a true spinach. It has a dwarf and trailing habit so it is important to pinch out the growing point to encourage bushiness. This type is not frost hardy so should be sown from May to August.
Sow from May to June. Soak seeds for 12 hours before sowing. Early sowings can be made in trays of seed sowing compost under glass at a temperature of 15 degrees C . Cover seeds to own depth with sieved compost. Later sowings can be made direct into growing site 2cm deep. Glasshouse sowings can be pricked out into trays spaced 5cm apart and gradually hardened off before planting out at distance detailed below after all risk of frost has passed. Direct sowings should be gradually thinned to 30-45cm apart with 60cm between the rows.