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I have not been able to grow anything from seed all summer.

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I have not been able to grow anything from seed all summer.

Post  glfitzsimmons on 9/28/2014, 7:10 pm

I have built a box and put black plastic on the bottom because we have a lot of gophers.... I started it last summer and got a good fall harvest.... but this spring when I plant seeds, they come up and last about a week and then something is eating the seedllings. I tried a plate of beer but didn't any slugs or snails. I have a fence around it. but still have problems. Ginny

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Re: I have not been able to grow anything from seed all summer.

Post  Marc Iverson on 9/28/2014, 7:12 pm

Sometimes birds do that too. Some people will cover seedlings to protect against that, and take the cover off when the plant is bigger.

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Post  glfitzsimmons on 9/28/2014, 7:14 pm

My in-laws live in rogue river.

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Post  glfitzsimmons on 9/28/2014, 7:17 pm

Thanks for the tip, Marc.Very Happy

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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/28/2014, 7:35 pm

Welcome!

Your in-laws are about a half hour from me, then.

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Re: I have not been able to grow anything from seed all summer.

Post  sanderson on 9/28/2014, 9:08 pm

Ginny,  Welcome to the Forum from Fresno, CA! glad you\'re here Please tell us a little more about more about your gardening in the Home page "Introduce Yourself."  And don't be shy about posting photos. Very Happy

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Re: I have not been able to grow anything from seed all summer.

Post  Yardslave on 9/29/2014, 4:01 pm

Welcome, Ginny! Mark's right; birds (particularly House Finches) are abundant and hungry in the spring and in the fall. Before I started using row covers and bird netting, they'd pick all the foliage clean from my spring seedlings, then show back up in the fall to strip all the pole beans, chard, kale, cucumbers, and wipe out the strawberries Mad. Row covers and Dollar store rubber snakes will keep them away. It is hard to believe that our gardens are being attacked from the air and from underground as well. It's a challenge to stay ahead of the pests, but far more rewarding than handing your wallet (or purse) over to the checkers at Whole Foods.

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