[NAFEX] nursery beds and mice

del stubbs pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 13 08:53:27 EDT 2003

A couple of years ago a  generous nafexer sent me a sack of many labeled 
varieties of nuts - pecans, hickories, etc to trial in this climate. I 
planted them 2" deep in our garden / nursery bed. I noticed something  (I 
guessed a chipmunk) had dug up a couple of these precious seeds. So I 
covered the area with plywood. Wrong idea, the animal then happily burrrowed 
under, and in safety  finished off the entire patch. Not a happy day.
The next year I stratified a batch of nuts over winter 6" deep in a 'sack' I 
made of 1/4" galvanized mesh 'hardware cloth'. I then dug it up this spring 
and planted it 2" down. No more problem with the voles. What I had not 
accounted for was the way nuts send down relatively huge taproots before 
anything shows on the surface above ground. I had quite a time doing 
delicate surgery, with  a pair of side cutters, to snip the mesh from around 
all these tender tap roots.
Gotta be a better way, I'm listening. Thanks, Del

Del Stubbs  www.pinewoodforge.com  ag zone2/3

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