True spinach, not leaf beet, is as delicious in salad as it is cooked. You enjoy most harvests when it’s sown very early, or in late summer. See the results of using both sowing dates, and…


  1. You have the most excellent, informative and thorough videos. I so appreciate your patience to wait through all the stages of plant development to compile all the clips into one single video. Very helpful!

  2. Thanks for the lesson, it is, as always, helpful, to actually see you sowing and planting a particular plant.
    Last year was our first no dig garden year, and we had the best harvests ever!
    We only made the mistake to not cover our paths with cardboard, so we had a hard time fighting the weeds.
    Today we walked to a market in middle germany and saw endives, they were about 2,50 Euro (2,22 pounds)per endive, not organic grown!!. Thanks to your videos of the no dig method, we are lucky to have 12 endives , organic grown, in our polytunnel, ready to pick from! Your picking method is priceless, I had to become over 50 years old to learn this method!
    Thank you James!

  3. That spinach growth is interesting, did you manage to figure out what caused it? Would have been interesting to see what the roots look like. Perhaps a contaminated batch of compost with antibiotics in some animal manure?

  4. Charles, I'm curious what your spinach looks like in say December that you plant in August? Do you fleece it without harvest and then uncover in Spring? It appears your climate it pretty comparable to our US zone 9…but I'm not sure spinach would survive here under fleece. But I would love it!! I've learned so much from you…Thank you.

  5. You must start selling plug plants because some of us don't have green houses living in apartments! My allotment is 45 minutes away. So not possible to tend to seedlings that far away. Just a suggestion ๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. This variety of spinach excites me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ people think Iโ€™m mad , the mad compost man they call me down the allotments , we will see whoโ€™s mad, when Iโ€™m sat in the sun drinking fresh camomile and mint tea , while they are digging and weeding , never getting anywhere , ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ itโ€™s defiantly a form of spiritual gardening Charles , great vid many thanks James ,

  7. Hi Charles, Iโ€™m not sure if you are aware of Richard Perkins channel. Ridgedale Permaculture farm. Heโ€™s up in ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช. Anyway… Iโ€™m sure you have! But if not I highly recommend you check him out! He has recently put a video or two up talking about no dig and why he is such a proponent of it. The videos are excellent and he puts it so well and as you know itโ€™s a subject that can be difficult. You and him sing off the same hymn sheet! I have learned so much from you both. Anyway.. thanks for the latest video. ๐Ÿ‘

  8. Well… This afternoon I was rewatching you How to grow series. I was going to ask whether you were planning an episode about spinach. And here you are.

  9. I would like to ask, where do you find your lovely styrofoam flats? I am in the USA, and have not seen them sold with square shapes, only round, and even those are quite hard to find. Thank you for posting so many helpful and useful ideas. We've gardened since childhood, but are now growing for marketing. You've helped us see so many things we weren't doing, that we can add in and be much more successful. Thank you again. God bless you.