Sow direct into soil prepared by digging and raking at a depth of 5cm (2”), spacing the seeds 20cm (8”) apart. Best sown alternately in double rows allowing 23cm (9”) between the two lines forming each row. Allow 60-90cm (24-36”) between further rows. Germination 7-21 days. Can also be sown in pots or trays of compost on a windowsill or in a greenhouse for eventual planting outside. Grows best in a sheltered site, but not shaded, in well-drained soil. Pinching out tips helps to prevent attacks of blackfly. Water well during dry weather to aid flower setting and bean formation. Sowing - Cropping: 14 weeks.
Ideal for beds and borders. HEALTH BENEFITS: A source of vitamin A, C and E, plus protein and fibre. CULINARY TIPS: Cook pinched-out tips as a tasty alternative to spinach.