[NAFEX] nursery beds and mice

list at ginda.us list at ginda.us
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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