Why did Popeye thank his spinach for being pest-free? Because it's the "strong to the finish" leafy green that keeps the critters "spin-ached" away!
1. Spinach can be a "magnet" for all kinds of critters. But don't worry, with a few "sage" practices you can keep your plants healthy and pest-free.
2. One of the best ways to protect your spinach from pests is to keep it "covered". Use a row cover or insect netting to keep out pests like aphids and cabbage worms 🪱
3. If you notice any "chew" marks on your spinach leaves 🌱 inspect the plants for signs of "caterpillar" activity. Hand-pick any caterpillars 🐛 you find and dispose of them.
4. "Companion planting", planting herbs like dill and basil near your spinach can help repel pests like aphids and spider mites 🕷
5. To deter slugs and snails, try placing a "beer trap" near your spinach plants. Where you fill a container with beer 🍺 and place it in a hole next to your spinach. These pests are attracted to the yeast in the beer and will crawl in and drown.
6. If you have a serious pest problem, you may need to resort to "chemical warfare". Use an organic insecticide like neem oil or pyrethrin spray to control pest populations.
7. Prevention is key when it comes to pest control. Keep your garden clean and free of debris 🧹 and avoid applying too much fertiliser to your plants, which can attract pests. Make sure you are applying the correct amount of fertiliser to your spinach
Protecting your spinach from pests can be a "leaf"-saving experience, especially when you get to enjoy a pest-free harvest. Just remember to stay "sage" and keep a watchful eye on your plants. Happy gardening!