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Who's eating my seeds?

Post  bobbyjo on 4/3/2012, 11:38 pm

Who's eating my new seedings in the night? I water them around 6pm (this is beets & toms)
When I water them in the morning, they are gone? cyclops
I have put a net curtain over one set of boxes, lets see what happens to those.

I'm Bobby, by the way from Austin Texas.
Love this site. started off some seeds indoors, then transplanted them to sfg.
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Re: Who's eating my seeds?

Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 4/4/2012, 1:21 am

glad you\'re here Bobby! Glad to have you here!

When you say "gone" do you mean nibbled on - or all the way uprooted? How big were they? It occurs to me either something is grabbing them from above or below...

The net should help you determine what direction the predator is coming from....keep us posted - If there is any damage, post a pic and that might help... Smile
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Post  bobbyjo on 4/5/2012, 12:09 am

Well, Nibbled & some are gone, the leafs are nibbled on the edges. I have build a chix wire cage on that one with curtain net covering the top half & the other one has a curtain net covering the whole box.
Will post some photo's when I work out how to Shocked
I thought about using a pesticide, but should I not do that with baby seeds?
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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 4/5/2012, 12:23 am

Here are some instructions for how to post a picture from your computer. Smile

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t129-how-to-post-a-picture-located-on-your-computer

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Post  bobbyjo on 4/5/2012, 8:27 am

Beets seeds that have been nibbled & Rhubarb.




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Post  llama momma on 4/5/2012, 9:18 am

Maybe overnight slug damage??
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Re: Who's eating my seeds?

Post  AvaDGardner on 4/5/2012, 6:33 pm

That's some damage!

Did it happen with the covers on?

Do you see anything on the leaf remains, like a shiny edging?

By chance do you have some small critter about the yard?
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Post  bobbyjo on 4/6/2012, 1:51 am

I had both covers on,


Don't see how any thing could get in.



I have been keeping them on 24/7 has it is 85F in the heat of day.
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Re: Who's eating my seeds?

Post  AvaDGardner on 4/6/2012, 2:40 pm

If things are still being eaten, then they are under, or coming under, the covers. Maybe coming from the mix?

Did you see any white fuzzy circle egg groups (or any egg groups) in the mix?

Something you might try...put a blanket over the cover in the evening when it is cooler, and make it dark inside. Let it sit a while, and go peak with a flashlight - or just pull the cover back and surprise whatever is eating.
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Post  bobbyjo on 4/8/2012, 1:02 pm

Thanks AvDGardner,
I will try that later today.
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Post  Noie on 4/8/2012, 8:30 pm

You might want to try a beer trap also. Just a little dish, set flush with the soil, filled with beer. Put it in next to the plant that's getting eaten. See what you catch the next morning.
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Post  AvaDGardner on 4/10/2012, 12:17 pm

Bobby...any news? What did you find?
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