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Post  gardenertaylor on 5/11/2013, 12:52 pm

I'm a newbie this year. My spinach has been growing great, though I've noticed a little yellowing of a few leaves, I waited to see how things progressed. Whoops. It progressed.

I researched the forum, and I think this is sunscalding and over watering gone bad. But the issue of the blackening is lingering in my mind. Is the blackening from the sun scalding or could it be mold? OR is this a disease?

Since finding about 5 of these leaves this morning I've watered them with some compost tea, and covered them with cheesecloth.

Any opinions? Advice?

On another note, we ate our first harvest of lettuce last night - red sails and buttercrunch. And I've never seen my children eat salad so fast in their lives. It was deliciously good. Kind of like eating seafood fresh off the dock, just plants fresh from the ground. I love you
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Post  camprn on 5/11/2013, 12:57 pm

Cut off all affected leaves and easy up on the water if the plants are small. Did you direct sow these or did you recently transplant them? Not sure what, if anything, the cheesecloth will benefit.

Are you seeing any other symptoms elsewhere inthe garden?

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Post  gardenertaylor on 5/11/2013, 1:04 pm

@camprn wrote:Cut off all affected leaves and easy up on the water if the plants are small. Did you direct sow these or did you recently transplant them? Not sure what, if anything, the cheesecloth will benefit.

Are you seeing any other symptoms elsewhere inthe garden?

These were transplanted on 4/13. I wouldn't not describe them as small. They are actually pretty robust looking except for the affected leaves. Everything else in the garden looks great. Buttercrunch and Red Sails are in adjoining squares and doing well.

Are you thinking it might be disease, not sun scalding? I used the cheesecloth to provide some shade as I have done for my other lettuces. I saw a few more leaves that weren't nearly as bad as the ones I pulled off, but I left them hoping the impact is minimal and give the plant a chance to "work it out". You suggest I remove those too? I think I will, there will still be plenty of spinach left.
We did just have a very hot day yesterday. Temps on ground level of the garden were 100.
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Post  gardenertaylor on 5/11/2013, 2:16 pm

Mystery solved. As I went back out to remove other affected leaves I noticed some strange shadows on my spinach. Then I realized the shadows were actually IN my spinach. Looked under the leaf and saw perfect little rows of eggs.

Leaf Miners.

This garden teaches me new things every day. Rolling Eyes

I removed all the leaves with "shadows" aka larvae. I crushed many eggs on many leaves. I also removed many leaves, brought them inside, hand-washed each one inspecting for larvae. If it had suspected larvae I tossed it. If it looked like a good leaf with only eggs, I washed off the eggs. Now. I will eat them. That's OK, right?

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