[NAFEX] nursery beds and mice
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Fri Jun 13 09:09:04 EDT 2003
I bought some "starting pots" - the ones that come all attached and
with a tray to hold them - designed for starting trees. They are about
1" across and about 6" deep. I use them to start tomatoes, but they
might work for smaller nuts, too.
On Friday, June 13, 2003, at 08:53 AM, del stubbs wrote:
> 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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