How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Spinach is generally seeded directly into the garden,
and not transplanted. It should be planted on raised
beds, made by adding large amounts of sifted compost
or other soil amendments so that a bed is established
above the previous level of soil. At each place a plant
is desired, scatter 6 to 8 seeds on moist soil. Plant
a greater stand than necessary so as to make up for any
losses from insects such as cutworms. With your finger,
push the seeds into the soil 0.5 to 0.75 of an inch deep.
Fill these holes by scratching the surface, firm the
soil lightly, and cover with a thin mulch of grass clippings
or other organic material in order to hold soil moisture.
Water well and keep moist during the germination period.
When plants are up and growing, thin to 3 to 6 inches
apart. You can grow two rows in beds that are 38 to
40 inches across. Germination takes place in about 10
days at 40° F. In areas with long seasons, continue
to sow every 2 to 3 weeks for a longer harvest. If growing
spinach during the summer, young seedlings can be protected
with 50% shade cloth or 2 layers of floating row cover
until they have about 6 leaves. This helps protect them
from sunburn as well as seedling pests such as flea beetles,
leafminers, snails, and slugs and possibly from birds.