cayadopi at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 6 06:50:39 EST 2009
Googling that now....ahhh cool idea !!! Would be worth experimenting with some seed done like that in the flats or liners or whatever everyone here calls the starter cups.
Mice. When I was building the cold frame I was thinking about the little critters that look similar to chipmunks thinking I might have built them a gormet fofod locker perfect for them to steal seeds & plants, so I lined the bottom of the cold frame with 1/4" x 1/4" wire mesh to keep them out, since they burrow tunnels all over the place.
I was camping further north in the mountains last summer and watched an industrious little animal pop up out of his tunnel, bite off the stems of a plants and drag plant after plant down into his tunnel. I assume he was gathering food for the winter.... and imagined the chipmunk things doing to same to my whole garden :-(
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--- On Thu, 3/5/09, Sage Austin | Eureka! Design <eureka at hctc.net> wrote:
From: Sage Austin | Eureka! Design <eureka at hctc.net>
Subject: Re: [Homestead] ants
To: bobford79 at yahoo.com, homestead at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 9:19 AM
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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