I am not a winter gardener. I just can’t bring myself to battle with the frost and ice and mud that we get here over winter, so I pretty much give up gardening during the colder months.
But despite crazy icy mornings this year, and total and utter neglect, good old reliable spinach is growing like a weed out in my garden at the moment, and we’ve been eating it in everything for months!
How to Grow Spinach
We grow Perpetual Spinach (Beta vulgaris). This variety is easy to grow, survives a hot summer, self seeds willingly, and you can harvest it again and again as it grows.
We’ve also tried Bloomsdale Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) and this spring I’m giving some climbing spinach (Basella rubra) a go, but I’ve found the perpetual spinach is easiest to grow, even for black thumbs.
Sow spinach seeds directly into the garden bed, in a sunny position, at any time of year, I find the seeds seem to germinate best for during late summer or early autumn and then I have lots of spinach all through winter and spring. Spinach likes lots of water, and you’ll need to protect it from snails and slugs.
You can also grow spinach very nicely in pots if you don’t have a garden.
Super Spinach Recipes
On it’s own cooked spinach is kinda boring, but it combines really well with loads of different flavours and ingredients, it adds a nice nutrient boost, and a bit of colour, so I put it in just about everything at this time of the year!
Or, add some garlic and olive oil to a hot pan, pop in the spinach, and cook until it has just wilted and softened. Then use it in a variety of recipes or as a side dish with a little salt.
If your kids are not used to greenery in their meals, chop the spinach finely to begin with and combine it with flavours they love. If you get them involved in growing the spinach and they will hopefully be more likely to give it a try!
These are our twelve favourite kid-friendly spinach recipes:
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- Beef and Spinach Burgers
- Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Joyously Domestic
- Nut Free Spinach Basil Pesto from Two Peas and Their Pod (just stir this through a bowl of pasta and dinner is ready!)
- Spinach Pasta Bake
- Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta from Budget Bytes (we use sour cream instead of cream cheese and it’s just as good)
- Spinach Burgers from The Domestic Mama and The Village Cook.
- Cheesy Spinach Bites from Super Healthy Kids
- Spinach Muffins from Mess For Less (A great way to colour cakes bright green naturally!)
- Spinach and Potato Slice
- Spinach and ricotta rolls from Yellow Dandy
- Ham cheese and spinach muffins from Learn With Play at Home
- Spinach Wraps from Katie at the Kitchen Door.