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How to Grow Spinach

3 Easy Steps to Success!

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Spinach Barracuda

Sow: Febuary-June / September-October

Plant: May-July / October 

Harvest: May-June / October-December


Spinach is one of Ireland's favourite salads - its mild and crispy taste means summer has arrived! Amazing with juicy red cherry tomatoes, or in salads, sandwiches and stir fries. 



  • Choose a site or container with fertile soil in a shaded position. Spinach prefers cool, wet weather. 

  • Sow seeds 1.5cm deep in moist soil. 

  • Sow little and often for a continuous supply, and provide shade from full summer sun. It will bolt (flower, produce seeds and end its life) if exposed to hot or dry conditions. 



  • Transplant seedlings into final growing position with 7 cm between plants for baby spinach, and 15 cm between plants for regular spinach leaves. Rows should be around 25 cm apart. 

  • If you are tight on space, interplant it between beans or peas. 

  • Feed regularly and protect from slugs. 



  • Once the plant gets to a decent size, pick the outer leaves as required by twisting them away from the plant.  Spinach is usually ready to harvest 8-10 weeks after sowing.

  • Best used fresh, but you can store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Don’t wash the leaves until you’re ready to use them. 

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