[Arisaema-l] What Happened To My Seedlings

Louise Parsons parsont at peak.org
Sat Dec 28 17:22:25 CET 2013

Mice can also uproot seedlings or seeds with little, if any, visible 
soil disturbance.

Generally I place seed pots in a heavy plastic utility box with holes 
drilled in the bottom. It is lined with spun poly fabric ("remay") to 
keep worms and most bugs out. A thick layer of pumice is placed on top 
of the fabric. Any sort of grit would work fine.

There is enough depth to these boxes to place seed pots on top of the 
pumice and cover each box with an old window screen and/or a piece of 
hardware cloth, weighted down with a couple of small bricks. Not only 
does screen protect from various bugs and critters, it also keeps our 
heavy winter rain from compacting soil.

All the best for a bloomin' fine 2014!

Louise Parsons

Chilly Corvallis, western Oregon
This year's mintemp so far = -18 degrees C
(Arisaema seed pots are in our basement this winter.)

On 12/28/2013 07:31 AM, Ellen Hornig wrote:
> Mother Nature is a b***h, David.  If they don't come from above (birds,
> squirrels, chipmunks, mice) they come from below (sow bugs, earwigs).
> If they didn't, the world would be overrun with seedlings.  Consider the
> ratio of seeds to mama plants.  Scary thought!
> Happy Holidays. :-)
> Ellen

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