Thanks for all the replies - I bit the bullet and stripped all the plants today. I've got a second sowing in that's almost ready to pick so I'm not too devastated, but it's my first year with a veg. patch so I'm still on a steep learning curve!
Ooh, tell me about perpetual spinach - that sounds great!
Perpetual spinach v easy to grow and grows constantly, no matter how much you pick it but it's v boring to eat and not as nice as proper spinach. Best green leaf is chard - easy to grow, keeps coming, looks nice and you can use the stalks as celery, the leaves as spinach
Might give that a miss then - I do love proper tasty spinach, esp. as eggs florentine - yum!
I've now got a bare strip in the veg patch ready for replanting, was just going to throw in a few more perennials for the borders, but chard sounds perfect - have I still got time to get some chard in for eating later in the year?
I stand corrected I think it's late to plant chard but i could be wrong. We also have lots of bare patches not that we're harvesting. DH has just planted a load of leeks but we started them off in the propagator first. He's also jsut put in more peas as they seem to grow so easily. But we're also struggling about what to plant at this time.