What's wrong with my spinach?

mizbel66May 1, 2009

Good evening all....

Can anyone tell me whats wrong with my spinach please? I thought it must have been some kind of bug and sprayed with a tomato/vegetable organic insecticide, but the leaves are all still yellowing and getting "holey".

I have other leafy veges right by the spinach and fear whatever it is, is spreading. Some info:

- Plants were grown from seed by me.

- Hardened off for 6 days before being planted out

- Weather has been a little chilly here, down to mid 30's at night, a little rain here and there but nothing too dramatic - just not alot of sun. Was sunny on the weekend they were planted out though.

- 4 x 4 boxes filled with Mel's mix.

- planted out on 4/5.

- haven't really grown much since they were planted out - plants are only about 4" tall at this point.

This is my first vege garden! I've upset my HOA a little with the garden in the front yard, but it's the only place we get sun! i really love my little garden :)

I've included some pictures - many thanks in advance for any advice.


Spinach leaf showing damage - 4/30/09

SFG on 4/21/09

SFG today, 4/30/09

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Dan Staley

first, in a few years HOAs & their boards will stop being populated with little Hitlers and take the sticks out of their posteriors when they realize that the boring landscapes they want waste money and people vote in front-yard veggie gardens. [/rant]

Next, MM is, IMHO, not sufficient in nutrients the first year. The leaf foto and the necrosis on the lvs are not from bugs. It may be because you sprayed in the day and the leaves burned or the lvs croaked due to lack of nutrition. Either way I had trouble when I lived in Puget Sound area and I suspect the soil and maybe moisture in air is causing a fungal issue that the plants will fight off when they get big enough and get going when the sun comes out for good there. In the meantime I'd squirt with a liquid fertilizer with a decently high first number in the analysis.


    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 10:01AM
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Thank you for your reply Dan - it's been very wet here and a fungal problem makes sense. Hopefully the sun will come out soon to help things along.


    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 5:47PM
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Bel, check out my latest blog and see if your spinach looks like mine. Also, look on the bottom sides of some of the leaves and see if there are tiny white eggs.


Here is a link that might be useful: Leaf Miners in Spinach

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 6:28PM
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