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Growing Spinach in South Australia

Introducing Spinach

This leafy green crop is quick and easy to grow. It’s a cool weather crop, so it only grows during the coldest parts of the year in the warm, South Australian climate.

Classic Mistakes

Don’t plant your spinach too late. As soon as the weather warms up, it’ll bolt to seed, Spinach has a short growing season in South Australia.


Grow in: Partial Sun - Full Sun

Soil Preparation

Spinach likes rich soil. Work plenty of compost and well-rotted manure into your soil before planting. Spinach doesn’t like acidic soil. Add some lime, crushed egg shells or ash to your soil if you think it may be too acidic. (A simple test from your local garden center can be used to find the ph. of your soil)

Sowing Seed

Sow seed: March-May
Sowing depth: Twice the height of the seed


Plant seedlings: April-June


Spinach likes lots of water. The winter rains should do most of the work for you, but keep an eye on your spinach and don’t let the soil dry out. Once the weather warms in spring, water your spinach in the heat of the afternoon to cool it down and keep the soil cool for the evening.


Leafy green crops need plenty of nitrogen. Give your plants a nitrogen-rich, liquid feed every 2 weeks. Fish emulsion or manure tea are good options.


Mulching spinach helps to keep the soil moist and cool. Apply a generous layer of organic mulch such as shredded leaves, straw or coconut husk.


Harvest: 5 to 11 Weeks After Planting

Leaves can be harvested at any stage. Harvest the right size leaves for your requirements. Simply snip the spinach leaves off the plant as you need them.

What to Plant Now

What to do about Aphids?

Spray with soap spray weekly until the problem is under control. It may be necessary to reapply more often if it’s a particularly rainy winter.

What to do about Snails and slugs?

Lay down grit, like eggshells or silica sand or create barriers around your plants. Remove any slugs or snails that you see.
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