Did you see the sweet little photo I posted earlier this week? It was my celebratory shot of my emerging sunflowers. If I hadn’t snapped a picture, I’d have thought I imagined the whole thing. Squirrels, you are my nemesis.
I lived with my discouragement for a few days then tried again. I transplanted the seedlings I started indoors and planted the last of the remaining seeds in the pots along the deck. I covered some of the seeds with makeshift domes. The larger dome worked and the three remaining seedlings are okay…for now. The other “dome” was too light: I caught the squirrel lifting it up right in front of me. The nerve! What remains: three little stick shaped shoots (photo “unavailable”…ha!).
Happiness arrived today in the form of an email from Botanical Interests entitled Sow Successful. What timing. I learned about soaking seeds for faster germination and I learned about Floating Row Covers or FRC. I’m going to wrap up this post and head to my local garden center now before it closes. Stay tuned…
In the meantime, you many want to take a look at Botanical Interests In The Garden blog.
- Garden Log: May 9, 2012 (gardeningnirvana.wordpress.com)
- Accidental Sunflowers (thegardensmallholder.wordpress.com)
- To Seed Or Not To Seed? That Is The Question! (thegardendiaries.wordpress.com)
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I didn’t realize squirrels eat seedlings!
Oh yes. They eat the following: “ground squirrels are in the majority. All are primarily vegetarian, eating roots,
stems, bark, shoots, leaves, flowers, fruit, and nuts from a wide range of plants.
Some include a few insects in their diets.”