Spinach Medania is a very popular, easy to grow and reliable variety. It produces an abundance of dark green leaves which have an excellent taste and texture and are ideal for freezing. It can also be harvested young as micro leaves or as baby leaves for salads.
It shows good resistance to bolting with high quality yields if grown in fertile, moist soil which is kept watered during dry weather. Spinach Medania is ideal for successional sowing to give a longer cropping period so if you love spinach, sow the seeds every two weeks to have a continous supply of fresh young leaves. It has also been awarded the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit).
|When to sow||March to July for summer crop or August to September to overwinter.|
|Where to Sow||Sow outdoors in final growing position, 1cm (1/2in) deep, 5cm (2in) apart with rows 30 cm (12in) apart.|
|What to do Next||If required thin seedlings to 5cm (2in) apart when large enough to handle, thinnings will be suitable for use in salads|
|Early spring and early autumn sowings will benefit from frost protection with a cloche/fleece.|
|Keep well-watered especially in dry periods to help prevent bolting.|
|Harvest||March to July sowings ready May to October. August to September sowings harvest late October to April.|
|Handy Tips||Sucessional sowing and regular cropping of leaves to encourage new growth will result in a continous harvest period throughout the year.|
|Cut young leaves for salads, leaving the more mature leaves for cooking.|
|Companion Planting||Good companion: Brassicas, peas and beans.|
|Bad Companions: None|
|Nutritional Information||Spinach is a good source of Vitamins A and C|
|Serving Suggestion||The young leaves can be used in salads or use the more mature leaves either steamed and served as any other green vegetable or added to quiche, lasagne, pies, pasta, curries or as a pizza topping.|
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