[Market-farming] spinach and aphids conflicting methods?

jay sleichter jaysleichter at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 15 12:24:20 EDT 2009


I am growing a savoyed type, Long Standing Bloomsdale (only seed I could find in bulk, late in the season for this last minute experiment.) I am picking it before it crinkles up too much.  Will adding anything to the rinse water help loosen their death grip on the spinach?  

Thanks,
Jay

--- On Thu, 10/15/09, Sue Oberle <sue at oberlebotanical.com> wrote:

From: Sue Oberle <sue at oberlebotanical.com>
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] spinach and aphids conflicting methods?
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 11:04 AM




  
  
Aphids are absolutely drawn to highly fertilized areas (among other
things). But, as it gets colder, too they're drawn to protected areas
and if you're using a savoyed variety, it provides shelter. If you have
kale, it's probably got aphids too, same reason I believe. That &
the plants still can provide nutritional value. It's basically a late
season bed & breakfast.



Sue 

Sue Oberle

OBERLE BOTANICAL at Happy Heart Farm

Fort Collins, Colorado

970.581.5672

sue at oberlebotanical dot com

http://www.oberlebotanical.com

http://www.happyheartfarmcsa.com





jay sleichter wrote:

  
    
      
        I would like to thank everyone for the ideas.  Now I have
conflicting ideas, one says fertilize more, the other says water more
to get rid of the fertilizer.  Hmm, which is correct?  Maybe I could
fertilize half and water the other half and see what happens?  I don't
think I put down any fertilizer before I planted.  I did in the spring
before I planted zucchini in this bed. Then they died out ( age and
squash bugs) and I clean out the bed and tilled under and let it sit
empty for 2 months and then I planted the spinach.

        

        

I was unaware of a private applicators license needed to apply
pesticides to spray for market.  I see that one as a hard one to
enforce.  I follow all label directions and harvest requirements.  I
usually, never, spray anything.

        

Jay

        

--- On Thu, 10/15/09, Curtis Millsap <cmillsap1 at yahoo.com>
wrote:

        

From: Curtis Millsap <cmillsap1 at yahoo.com>

Subject: [Market-farming] spinach and aphids

To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 10:05 AM

          

          
          
          Colemans
new book discussed the aphid problem on spinach, and his solution was
to water more frequently, which washes more of the nitrates out of the
soil, which is supposed to get rid of the aphids because they thrive in
a high nitrogen environment... I haven't tried it yet, but I'm
certainly going to. Ladybugs work, but they definitely leave behind
lots of little aphid carcasses, which are very difficult, if not
impossible to fully remove.

Curtis

           
Curtis and Sarah Millsap

Millsap Farm

Springfield MO

          www.millsapfarms.com
          

          
          
          

          
          

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