Spinach is laden with fantastic antioxidants, is high in health benefitting carotenoids and is also a good source of vitamins, fibre and protein. Often thought of as a winter vegie, with Yates® ‘Summer Supreme’ Spinach there’s no need to wait until the cooler weather arrives to sow and grow your own spinach.
Yates Spinach ‘Summer Supreme’ is a quick and easy to grow, improved variety of spinach that does well in summer. It produces large, highly nutritious leaves that have a sweet, tender flavour.
It’s as simple as sowing seed 12 mm deep, direct where the plants are to grow, in a sunny or partly shaded spot in the vegie garden. Give each plant around 40 cm of space to grow. Summer Supreme can also be grown in pots filled with a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix, so balcony, patio and veranda gardeners can still enjoy this delicious and healthy vegie.
Seeds can take 2 – 3 weeks to germinate (so don’t give up on them too quickly!) and you can be harvesting leaves in as little as 8 – 10 weeks. The beauty of loose leafy vegies like spinach is that you can harvest individual leaves as you need them.
To keep Summer Supreme spinach productive and flourishing, feed each week with Yates Thrive® Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food and pick the leaves regularly.
Pest watch: spinach can be attacked by caterpillars and aphids. Protect plants with Yates Pyrethrum Insect Pest Gun. It contains pyrethrin, which is a natural extract from the pyrethrum daisy. Spray spinach plants each week, including the undersides of foliage where pests often hide, while caterpillars and aphids, or their damage, are noticed.
For gardeners in sub-tropical and tropical zones, it’s best to grow Yates Silverbeet Fordhook Giant, rather than Summer Supreme Spinach, during the warmer seasons.