You don’t need to have muscles like Popeye to grow spinach. It is a simple leafy vegetable that is undemanding if given the right conditions.
- It is a long day plant initiating flowering as days lengthen.
- Good moist conditions give rapid growth and a quick harvest before running to seed.
- Sowing after mid summer reduces bolting.
- Bolt resistant varieties include Monnopa, Spokanr and Palco.
- Blight caused by cucumber mosaic virus causes leaf yellowing. burn the plants.
- Leaf spot causes light brown or grey areas to develop. Chose a new site each year and feed wth potassium sulphate.
- Downy mildew can by a minor irritants. Thin out the rows and remove infected leaves.