Once a vegetable feared by many it has now gourmet status. The tender young beans have such a delicate flavour and are a far cry from the dry pods we remember from our childhood. The new shoots are also particularly tasty, benefiting the plant by encouraging more leaders to develop.
Plant as many as you can fit into the garden, in fact where ever there is a space. Not only do they taste great, but the increase the fertility of the garden soil at the same time. Being a legume they fix nitrogen from the atmosphere in the soil throughout their growth season. So don’t remove the plants at the end of the season, instead break the stalks and lay on the ground.
Is a winter crop and best to get established early when the weather is still a little warmer. The trick to good English Spinach is to grow them fast. With well improved soil and regular feeding the tender leaves will be ready to harvest in a few weeks. Harvest only the number of leaves you need and let the rest grow on. Many recipes call for fresh English Spinach and there is nothing like having your own fresh supply out the backyard.