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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 24, 2011

Q. Spinach Leaves Are Yellowing

I am a ‘first timer’ and I have planted spinach, broccoli, carrots, and some other veggies. The ‘others’ are doing well, but my spinach leaves (now approx. 8 inches wide) seem to be yellowing on the tips of the leaves, and some appear to be dying. My broccoli leaves are getting white spots, and my carrot leaves are turning a light brown on the tips. What’s going wrong?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 25, 2011
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It sounds like a watering issue. These are signs of either over or under watering. How often and how much are you watering? Rather than water once a day for 5 minutes, you are better off watering 2-3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. This gets the water deeper and helps the plants develop deeper roots. Watering for short periods of time keeps the water near the surface, where it evaporates faster and it may be the plants are not getting enough water because of this.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 30, 2011

Q. Small Spores Growing on My Spinach Stems

I am growing spinach and I have noticed these small, odd looking spores growing on the stem of the plant. What are they? Will the hurt my plant?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 31, 2011
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Asked by
firstgarden2011 on
September 28, 2011

Q. How do I plant spinach seeds?

How do I plant spinach seeds?

Answered by
Heather on
October 2, 2011
Certified Expert
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General rule of thumb when planting seeds is to plant them about 3X deeper than they are big.

Beyond this with spinach seeds, they tend to be a bit tough, so rubbing them a bit with sand paper (just enough to scratch them) and then soaking them overnight in water will help speed up their germination.

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Asked by
TomatoHead on
May 16, 2012

Q. How to succeed growing cool-season spinach in hot weather

Tigercat variety is for cool, coastal weather here in N. Calif. I want to grow it in hot mountainous climate. What precautions will help me succeed?

Answered by
Heather on
May 21, 2012
Certified Expert
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It will still be difficult, but them best thing you can do is to provide protection from the sun and keep the roots cool.

For protection from the sun, take a look at row covers or plant in dappled shade.

For the roots, heavy mulching and drip irrigation with cool water is the best route. Good luck!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 19, 2014

Q. Can You Eat Spinach with Curl Leaf Virus

Can you eat spinach with curl leaf virus? Will it hurt humans if eaten?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 19, 2014
Certified Expert
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This virus only causes harm to plants and is not a threat to humans. So, you can simply wash off the spinach and eat as normal. For more information on curly top virus, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/treating-curly-top-virus.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 14, 2014

Q. Will Hail Cause Holes in Spinach Leaves

Will hail cause holes in spinach leaves? Thanks.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 30, -0001
Certified Expert
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It certainly has the potential to, along with any other plant in its path. This article can help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/hail-crop-damage.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 23, 2014

Q. Dying Spinach

The leaves of my spinach plants are drying up and dying. The plants are in pots. I looked closely and saw fine blackish dust things on the leaves. They are dried up leaves and on one leaf, I saw a small larva inside the leaf. Is this a disease? I don’t know what it is. Should I keep them separate from other plants? They were transplants and ever since the hot weather set in, they got that way.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 30, -0001
Certified Expert
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"The black dust you describe sounds like sooty mold, which is a fungus brought about by pests. Neem oil will help with both the fungal issue and insect pest which may be causing it. This organic insecticide/fungicide is safe to use on edibles too. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm"

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