Spinach plant in the soil of a garden.

How to Plant Spinach in Your Home Garden

If you sow spinach every few weeks in spring and early autumn, and protect it over winter, you can harvest the tender leaves all year.

When to start: Spring or early autumn.

At their best: Summer.

Time to complete: 1 hour.

You will need: Spinach seed, a line of string, trowel, watering can.

Sow in drills

Stretch out your string and use a trowel to make a shallow drill. Sow the seeds into it at 1 in (2.5 cm) intervals. Thin the seedlings to about 3 in (7 cm) apart for baby salad leaves, or 6 in (15 cm) apart for larger leaves to use for cooking. Protect seedlings in winter with a cloche.


You can cut the leaves when they are large enough to eat. Whether you remove individual leaves or cut off the entire plant, new leaves will emerge for a second crop. Regular watering can help prevent plants from running to seed in warm weather.