Spinach - Samish
This is a small-leaved, very tender spinach for salads and cooking. It has good mildew resistance and moderately winter hardy - good for late season cropping. Grow as baby leaf under glass throughout the winter.
Sow outdoors thinly, from March to September, where they are to crop, 2.5cm deep, directly into finely-prepared, fertile, moisture-retentive soil, which has already been watered. Sowings from July onwards should only be grown for baby leaves. Allow 30cm between rows. Early sowings may benefit from cloche protection. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Water well and ensure soil remains moist to prevent plants running to seed. No thinning is necessary if only baby leaves are required. Thin to 10cm apart to produce mature plants. Harvest from May to October. Harvest unthinned as baby leaves. Take a few leaves from each plant, allowing them to regrow for two or three more pickings.