Sage Austin | Eureka! Design
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Thu Mar 5 09:19:04 EST 2009
Leslie, here in our desert landscape harvester ants carry off seeds
laying on the ground. I've also had mice snoot around in my flats and
eat seeds, but I can see their snoot holes in the soil when this occurs.
As Bob says, birds also eat seeds. This is one reason Fukuoka developed
the seed ball technique (you can Google it) but I have found in our land
of little rain they don't break down as quickly as they should.--Sage
> Leslie, no=one more knowledgeable answered, so ,as a fellow desert gardener, I'll give you my best idea. Right at the break of dawn, (and other times during the day, also), little chi-chi- birds (that is what I call all little birds I don't bother to identify) come down and eat grass seed, seed from weeds, and if the seeds aren't well protected, they will eat your garden seed. I think you would see ant activity if it was enough activity to get every seed, but that is just a guess.............
> --- On Wed, 3/4/09, Leslie <cayadopi at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> From: Leslie <cayadopi at yahoo.com>
>> Subject: [Homestead] ants
>> To: homestead at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 12:26 PM
>> Do they "steal" small seeds?
>> I planted in started TP & a few in peat cups.
>> Everything that was a small seed didn't come up.
>> Larger seeds about 80% sprouted.
>> I found an ant tunnel underneath on of the trays of seeds
>> in the cold frame, so wondering if they steal small
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