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Ugly Garden: Under Attack!

Here is the state of my Spinach…

And here is the state of my bedside table…

I usually floweth over with books. Apparently, scary books from the look of my current rotation. Bedside table real estate has gotten particularly sparse with the addition of garden books, as I plot my plans for next year, and try to figure out what the heck is eating my spinach.

Slugs have been the prime suspect. I’ve sluggo’d. Then I thought it was earwigs. I got sluggo plus, and put out a beer trap for good measure. Still organic here, folks. I then did a round of neem oil in soapy water for good measure. No dice. Something is snacking on my spinach. And it ain’t me.

I eat a lot of spinach, so I had high hopes for this particular crop. High hopes that are being thwarted by an unknown nemesis. All in all fall gardening is not turning out to be all that great. If it weren’t for Miners Lettuce (which is a native) and my fabulous indoor oyster mushrooms, which just keep on keepin’ on, I wouldn’t have anything to eat that I’d grown.

Cabbage, brocoli,¬†cauliflower, and even chard are really doing only meh in their hoop house home. Its very sad. Maybe I just have overly high summer growing season standards. I’m trying to be understanding. They have a lot less sunlight and, although it hasn’t frozen yet, its pretty cold in the mornings. I’ll cut them some slack. If I could just get some damn spinach…

I have a handy dandy email address for the Garden Hotline, procured at last month’s Harvest Festival. I’m going to email them the pictures of my compromised plants. Maybe they have theories on the identity of the perpetrator(s).

In the mean time, I’ll console myself with my third round of mushroom growth! Look at ’em go!

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Erica/Northwest Edible Life

Oh that’s not that bad. Yeah, that looks like slug damage, but that’s fairly minor. Your plants can definitely grow past that kind of damage. If they are still about that size, in winter stasis, with that amount of chewing, you’ll probably see a big growth push in February followed by relatively quick bolting as the days lengthen. Sluggo consistently will knock down your slug population, as will baiting and snipping through the summer. If you pick the leaves for cooking and just wash them well, the slug holes will be totally unnoticeable in the finished (cooked) dish.

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