Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spinach and Spinozad

Bountiful harvest.
After a slow start, I'm happy to report that I had the best spinach harvest since moving here, which I blanched and put up yesterday. It feels good to know we'll have enough for frittatas, dips, omelettes, and whatever else we need a little green in.

Amazing how little comes from so much once it's blanched!
The insects almost completely killed this crop. The only reason it survived was due to the thick nature of the leaves and the fact that they couldn't demolish the leaves completely, thereby allowing the plants to grow despite damage. Insects did kill all my spring lettuce, and after planting a new Globe basil plant yesterday I went outside only to find it reduced to nothing but stems. Completely killed in less than 24 hours! I was just dismayed when I saw the little basil skeleton this morning, and it strengthened a resolve in me to not let this be the end of my spring gardening. I also have two Ichiban eggplants that are getting attacked, but they will probably survive if I can take care of things quickly.

Eggplant damage

And so I will be stepping up my insect control game, starting now. No more traps with oil, soy sauce and salt. No more diatomaceous earth. I'm moving up to Spinozad. Unfortunately, Spinozad is toxic to bees within the first three hours of application, so I will be putting it on at sunset to make sure everyone's safe. Our evenings are projected to be down into the 30's, so I figure it will be sitting for about 12 hours before there are any bees about. That should make it safe for them.
RIP little basil.
I just can't keep losing entire crops to the earwigs, and this year there has been a banner hatch of them, probably due to having a decent amount of rain.

In the meantime, I'll just celebrate my spinach win and call it at that.


  1. My chickens LOVE earwigs. Their most favorite bug.

    1. Mine do too, unfortunately their run is on the other side of the property so they can't get to the ones where the veggie beds are. Bad planning on my part!

  2. Ew I hate earwigs so much! They are so gross. I have to submerge my cut flowers from my garden for so long and shake out the earwigs. It never fails to make my skin crawl. But so glad you're taking the bees into consideration. Plus you're doing it to protect plants that will presumably eventually flower and be forage for them!
    How wonderful to have all that spinach! Congratulations on your harvest!

    1. Thank you. Yes, the earwigs are a problem on my roses, too. Usually I set up a vase only to find a couple crawling on the sideboard as they attempt to jump ship -- off the flowers and into the house! Disgusting, creepy little bugs.