Spinach, or Spinage, the Common, Spinacia oleracea, L. an exotic plant, cultivated in Britain, culinary purposes. If intended for winter-use, it Is propagated by the seed, in beds of light, rich earth, towards the end of July, and during moist weather. When the young plants appear, they must be carefully weeded, and thinned to the distance of five inches : in October, they will be fit for use ; when the longer leaves only should be gathered; those in the centre being suffered to grow to a larger size; so that a bed, thus managed, will afford a supply of this vegetable during the winter, till the spinach sown for spring-use, is fit for the table; which generally succeeds in April.
BechstEin remarks, that the agriculturists of Germany strongly recommend the culture of the common spinach, on land which has been once ploughed after a crop of barley; where it will produce early and excellent spring-food, either for sheep, hogs, or cattle: it may, farther, be mown two or three times during the summer, and afterwards be fid off by sheep, or suffered to run to seed.
This vegetable is greatly esteemed at the table ; but, when dressed with melted butter, it passes speedily through the bowels, without being duly digested ; and consequently affords little nutriment. It is particularly improper for persons of weak and relaxed habits; as it debilitates the alimentary canal; excites looseness; and not unfrequently occasions the heart-burn, or acidity in the stomach.