Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Sad News from Jimmy Cee
by Leone Today at 8:31 am

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:01 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by RoOsTeR Today at 7:53 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:50 am

» Anyone want walking onions??
by RoOsTeR Today at 7:43 am

» My rapini is scaring me
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:42 pm

» Creamy Basil Pesto
by MeghanSTL Yesterday at 10:35 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:49 pm

» Show us your kitchen compost container
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 9:17 pm

» who has chickens
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 9:05 pm

» Hola from Southern Ecuador
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:12 pm

» Zera (TM) Food Recycler - kitchen composting
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:04 pm

» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 6:29 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:35 pm

» "Virtual" Roadtrip of the Desert and Old West
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:39 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:33 am

» What I learned this year
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:32 am

» Mustard recipe
by llama momma Yesterday at 8:24 am

» Weather Warning - Middle South
by MrBooker Yesterday at 8:18 am

» Gift Amaryllis
by Kelejan 1/14/2017, 1:44 pm

» My Shreveport Garden 2017
by Cajun Cappy 1/14/2017, 1:11 pm

» What Gets Your Goat
by Scorpio Rising 1/14/2017, 11:28 am

» 2014 2,000 Square Foot Garden
by Scorpio Rising 1/14/2017, 11:26 am

» California's Drought
by Scorpio Rising 1/14/2017, 11:04 am

» green peas
by newbeone 1/14/2017, 1:32 am

» Hi from Acworth GA
by Scorpio Rising 1/13/2017, 7:18 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 1/13/2017, 7:06 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 1/13/2017, 12:57 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by sanderson 1/13/2017, 1:50 am

» Mache seeds wanted for winter sowing
by countrynaturals 1/12/2017, 9:18 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  boffer on 6/21/2011, 1:51 pm

I had a cool May with no heat in sight. So I covered my corn patch with black plastic to help warm the soil. When it was time to plant, I cut X's in the plastic to stick the seeds through. My thinking was the plastic would help keep down weeds. After a month, I had 7 stalks to show for 200 seeds planted. Two packages of seeds, both packed for 2011, and I got 7 out of 200 to germinate. Sad


The other day I was out in the garden, and my cat was pouncing all over, trying to jump on a lump in the plastic that kept moving around! Sure enough, there were no rotted seeds to be found, and I found many 1 inch holes near where the seeds should have been. Some varmint ate 193 of my corn seeds!!!

Click Here To See What I Really Said:

I've haven't had this happen before. I'm guessing it was mice, and the plastic made it really easy, safe, and comfortable for them to do their dirty work. Rolling Eyes

I didn't think I had enough time to re-plant a long season corn, so I pulled the plastic up and re-planted with a short season type. I've never done a short season strain before, so maybe I'll learn something.

The plastic sure seemed like a good idea!

boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 63
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  quiltbea on 6/21/2011, 1:57 pm

Sorry for your woes, Boffer.
Sometimes our best ideas fall flat.
I hope the early corn works for you. Good luck.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4616
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/21/2011, 2:00 pm

I hate to laugh but it was kind of a funny story. Sorry you lost all that hard work to mice. I wasn't going to plant corn and at the last minute got bored of nothing to do in the garden I bought some short season corn. I'll be trying it right a long with ya! Good luck. Hope you don't have anymore mice problems.

ModernDayBetty

Female Posts : 298
Join date : 2011-03-19
Location : Central Washington Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  Lavender Debs on 6/21/2011, 2:12 pm

krazikandiland wrote:I hate to laugh but it was kind of a funny story. Sorry you lost all that hard work to mice. I wasn't going to plant corn and at the last minute got bored of nothing to do in the garden I bought some short season corn. I'll be trying it right a long with ya! Good luck. Hope you don't have anymore mice problems.
+1 tehe!

Lavender Debs

Posts : 2054
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 59
Location : Everett, WA USA

View user profile http://songs-of-coming-rain.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/21/2011, 2:34 pm

@Lavender Debs wrote:Quote of the moment: . . . After weeks of extensive testing and
observation, I can unequivocally and confidently say my hypothesis holds
true; the lawn is not going to mow itself..~Tom of Tall Clover Farm Blog.

That is the funnest thing ever! I'm in the middle of testing that hypothesis myself. Every time the grass goes to seed I think, wow that grass is hard at work making more grass. Good grass. I hate mowing!

ModernDayBetty

Female Posts : 298
Join date : 2011-03-19
Location : Central Washington Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  stripesmom on 6/21/2011, 4:59 pm

They may have stored the seeds some where. This spring, we took my husbands Harley in to have a new chain put on and some other things done. When we went to pick it up, the guy handed us the old parts and a dish full of cat food. He said when he went to start it up, the cat food came shooting out of the exhaust! The mice had been storing it in there all winter, lol. Guess he found it so funny, he swept it up and kept it just to give back.

Sorry about your corn though, that's a real bummer. Hopefully, you'll like the short season corn as well.

stripesmom

Posts : 291
Join date : 2011-03-28
Location : SE Iowa

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/21/2011, 5:17 pm

Outsmarted yourself and fed Mother Nature at the same time. I do it repeatedly. Have a beer, buddy, and plan your corn for next year....unless you decide you want to try corn in the heated garden? Lol!

BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 42
Location : St. Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  middlemamma on 6/21/2011, 6:26 pm

I got 2 short season types in the garden now boff...we will learn together!

I am glad it was something like that and not that your seeds just didn't grow.


middlemamma
 
 

Female Posts : 2260
Join date : 2010-04-25
Age : 39
Location : Post Falls Idaho and LOVING it

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  Goosegirl on 6/21/2011, 8:12 pm

I have a 67-day, Northern Xtra-Sweet growing right now - had to flame a bunny tongue with cayenne pepper so the corn wouldn't keep getting nipped! It seems that several of us are giving the short-season stuff a try this year! If the cayenne doesn't work I may end up making rabbit slippers albino . You'll have to catch a lot of mice to make slippers, Boff!

GG

____________________________

GG   geek 






COMPOSTING:  The only time 'Garbage In' does not equal 'Garbage Out'!

Goosegirl

Female Posts : 3402
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 51
Location : Zone 4A - NE SD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  jhayford on 6/21/2011, 8:22 pm

Boffer my son thought your story was hilarious. He is 7 and has Autisim he doesn't understand the work you did. He just understands the mice were eating under the plastic. Anyway you made him laugh thank you . cheers

jhayford

Female Posts : 61
Join date : 2011-06-17
Age : 42
Location : Lenanon, Tn zone 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  martha on 6/24/2011, 11:05 am


martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 59
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  shannon1 on 6/25/2011, 2:07 am

We all learn by doing. The only people that don't make mistakes are the ones that do nothing at all. Thanks for sharing so we all can learn a bit. Give the cat a treat for tipping you off. Who knows perhaps you will end up enjoying the short season stuff even more.

shannon1

Posts : 1697
Join date : 2011-04-01
Location : zone 9a St.Johns county FL

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: and I thought I was being clever...NOT!

Post  Sponsored content Today at 10:02 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum