Heavily savoyed dark green leaf blades cook quickly to a tasty soft spinach.
White stems should be cooked separately like celery or stir-fried to add a crunchy bite. Can be grown all year round under glass.
Likes a rich, moisture-retentive soil. Dig in compost or manure the previous autumn or add a general fertilizer. Lime the soil if the pH is lower than 6.5.
Sow 2.5cm (1″) deep.
Sow 10cm (4″) apart for salads, or 30cm (12″) apart for full-grown crops.
Space rows 45cm (18″) apart.