I was so proud of myself for making bug repellent... alas it has not gone as planned and my poor spinach is taking the brunt of the back lash from my local insect population... So what is eating my stuff? The holes are in the leaf not from the out side in it's like something nibbled away from the middle out....
Words of wisdom from the women of my family:
"I poured my dish water out the pan over my plants and never once in all my 96 years have I wasted money on "BUG SPRAY"!'
"Aww honey all you gotta do is love something to make it grow."
If you're seeing holes along the ribs first, then it's most likely slugs or snails. If you're saying they seem to have come OUT of the leaves, you may have Leaf Miners or "Doodle Bugs" -- do you see light colored scribbles on the leaves?
Search the Forum is your friend! Type slug control into it and it comes up with three pages of listings of discussions of slugs (some of them are very entertaining tales of peoples adventures going out at night with a flashlight and collecting the slugs and disposing of them in various gross ways! )
Here's one that has links to a bunch of the threads:
"I believe in miracles: the millions of microorganisms in a Tbsp of soil, the 200 miles of roots in a clump of rye grass, the improbable bill of a toucan, the silence of mountains.. All point to a mystery." Jeff Meyer, QuakerEarthcareWitness
Now who in their right mind would go out at night with a flashlight to hunt down slugs?
You can put down sand, eggshells, DM (diatamacious earth (sp)). But picking them off whenever you see them (be that at night or not) is the best way. If you see one above ground there are several more, per, under ground.
I got them bad some of the are BIG ONES.
Maya we miss you more than words can describe. We love you so much and always will. Good bye baby girl.