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Spinach leaves nibbled by insects

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by csaylorchickens, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. csaylorchickens

    csaylorchickens Songster

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    So this is my first time growing spinach this year. I was not aware that you need to harvest the spinach before it bolts just like broccoli or cauliflower and I ran outside and realize that my spinach plant started bolting so I started pulling all the leaves off around it and I noticed that a lot of the leaves have little holes in it not bad ones just like three or four small holes and some of the leaves is it still safe to be able to eat the leaves with a bug that has nibbled on it?
     

  2. it is perfectly safe to eat spinach that has been nibbled by insects
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    The bugs are optional. (sorry, couldn't resist) Insect damage is pretty much a given. It's either that, or eating pesticide residue with each meal! Depending on the damage, just cut it out, or wash it well and enjoy! Any plants/veggies that you don't eat can be tossed to the chickens. Including your bolted spinach and your weeds.
     

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