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Growing Spinach, also English spinach

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19 Oct 15 Monique (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi, wondering if anyone can help me out. My spinach is being eaten like crazy and I can't seem to figure out what is eating it. Not only are all the leaves full of holes, but a lot of the leaves seem to have bites taken out of. It happens the moment new leaves start growing. Could this be a worm? And what can I do to prevent this? Whatever it is seems to only be targeting my spinach plants. I grow lettuce and tomatoes as well as cucumber, zucchini and bush beans and none of these plants have been eaten.
03 Dec 15 Nicol (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
This also happened to me, but it wasn't insects - it was birds having an early dawn feed. I placed bird netting over my crop and they've not been eaten since. I think the bird netting also keeps out flying insects which prevents them laying their eggs in the seed bed and therefore no worms/caterpillars to eat the leaves.
12 Nov 15 jaxthegardener (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
hi. mine are too. its the snails and slugs. go out at nite and you will see them feeding. I am using a garlic/chillie and soap water spray to keep the pests away.
08 Jun 16 Valda (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
How do you make garlic/chilli and soapwater spray?
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