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The Reason Why I Grow Spinach Year Around & Mint Chip Nice Cream Recipe!

Spinach is really rich in iron, calcium, vitamins A and D and if grown well it can be harvested all year round. 

I choose an intensive ‘cut and come again’ system and my preferred variety is  Matador by Suffolk Herbs (Organic)*

To grow intensively grab your seed tray and fill with potting compost (organic certified preferably) to about 1 ½ inches from the top. Sprinkle with seeds, not too densely but enough to grow a fairly dense crop once the leaves fill out. Then cover with 1 inch of compost and water liberally.

The seeds will germinate within the first 14 days.

I grow mine in my mini greenhouse to help avid winter chills and spring pests.

I trim of the leaves I wish to use about 4-6 weeks after sowing, making sure the main stem of the plan is intact ready to produce more leaves for the season.

I enjoy my spinach leaves with most of my meals, either as a salad element to sandwiches, or a throw in texture to curries, pasta dishes, or stir-fries.

spinach juice

Spinach is also great in smoothies, juice blends and even nice cream, which is a vegan version of traditional ice cream. Here's a recipe by Betty Rocker, which I am going to be trying as soon as my next batch of Spinach is ready!

How do you like your spinach?

Sara x

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