Spinach - Bordeaux
This is a new breed of spinach providing stunning red stems and leaf veins contrasting against a darker green leaf. Spinach Bordeaux has a sweeter flavour and the colour contrast provides a superb salad leaf ingredient, as baby spinach or as a steamed vegetable.
Sow seeds March to mid-June and August to September outdoors. Sow seeds thinly outdoors, 13mm deep in broad drills 30cm apart in soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Seeds can also be sown in pots or containers on the patio for use as baby salad leaves. Earlier and later sowings can extend the season under cloches. Thin seedlings to 5cm apart when large enough to handle, use thinnings in salads. Harvest leaves as required, picking only a few from each plant. Keep well-watered during dry weather. Sowings made in height of summer may bolt.