Edible garden: Spinach

Spinach has quite delicate roots, so avoid lumpy clay soil. Photo / Supplied
Spinach has quite delicate roots, so avoid lumpy clay soil. Photo / Supplied

How to grow it:

Late spring is perfect to grow spinach.

Iron and folate-rich, this super vege enjoys warmth, moisture and good drainage and will grow lovely big leaves in these conditions.

Grown at the height of summer, spinach tends to bolt.

Incorporate home-made compost in your soil and cultivate until you have a crumbly loam.

Spinach has quite delicate roots, so avoid lumpy clay soil.

It is best planted in raised beds, or a medium planter or broad pot.

Spinach prefer alkaline soil, so incorporate a little dolomite before planting.

Apply occasional liquid feeds (fish-based is good).

In the kitchen:

I love the way the Japanese serve spinach.

Simmer for a couple of minutes until wilted, then dip in ice water to retain the colour.

Mix a little mirin and soy sauce with the leaves and sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds.

Spinach shouldn't be eaten every day as the leaves are high in oxalic acid.

- Herald on Sunday

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