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Could anyone tell me what these are?


Im a very new gardener and dont know much about plants or growing vegetables. I have planted a few seeds in my vegetable beds last week and noticed this morning a few white webs on them. Are these spider mites? If yes how to get rid of them? 
Thanks a lot for any answer!


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,282
    They look like spiders webs. I'd leave them alone.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,016
    I wouldn't be worried about that, but what seeds have you sown? It's tricky sowing anything direct at this time of year in the UK. Soil is cold and wet.

    It may just be something already present in the soil, or from anything you've added to the location. Manure etc. Not necessarily a problem though   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Oh thanks i'm so relieved! I have planted a bit of everything: salad onions, onions, lettuce, leeks, raddish... on the seeds packets it says you can start planting in March. I'm also growing seeds indoor like tomatoes, courgettes, peas... is it too early?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,016
    I only really grow lettuce and tomatoes, and occasionally mange tout. It's too early here where I am, if sowing outdoors, for any of those three, and I wouldn't sow lettuce direct anyway, it gets started in trays or pots.
    Tomatoes are grown undercover here anyway, and I've just sown seed yesterday. They're in the house.
    I've already sown lettuce, but again -it's in the house for some earlier crops, and I'll have some outdoors later in the year when it's warm enough to grow.
    The mange tout would be started in pots and then transplanted outside when warmer, although they're hardier. In mild areas they could go out earlier, but starting them in pots undercover at this time of year also helps to avoid them being eaten by mice. Same goes for most of the pea/bean family.

    In warm areas, things can be started earlier, and often in a greenhouse, and they can go outside earlier. My greenhouse is small and the temps are no higher in it than outside, so it only provides basic protection and a warmer soil if needed  :)
    For the other veg, you might find help from other forum members. Your location and conditions are big factors  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,967
    I don't know what they are, but it's not spider mites, they're likely still asleep and their webs don't appear until the summer. They cannot survive unless they're on a plant and they make their webs on plants, not on the ground. So that's a relief.
    It could be some sort of fungus, which is more likely to be beneficial then harmful.

    Billericay - Essex

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thanks a lot. I have sown my tomatoes and peas in pots indoors but the lettuce raddish and onions directly outdoors. I guess I'll see what grows and what doesnt and do better next year. I really have zero knowledge about it but I want to learn. I'd love to have a greenhouse!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,016
    edited March 2022
    If you start a new thread asking about sowing your other veg, you'll get better help from the keen veg growers @florianemagnin3bCtYR6F :)
    A title something like 'when should I sow radishes and onions?' will get better responses.
    Lots of people on the forum are very good with veg. If you give some details of location [just roughly] and where you're growing the veg [raised beds, open ground etc] type of soil and so on, that helps too.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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