I have quail. They will eat an seed they find on
Question on how to plant tiny seeds.
When they packet says to plant the 1/4" deep, how
do you guys keep them from floating back out of
their holes when you water them. The watering also
messes with the first 1/4" of the soil too.
I have tried compacting the soil but it makes
Do you just give up and plant them 1/2" deep?
I have heard that straw comes with seeds of its own and that
straw plants are very hard to get rid of. Is there some
special straw? The kind horses eat? Did I hear wrong?
Also, the sprouts are really fragile and small. Will they
have an trouble with having straw on top of them?
Thank you for the help!
I use whatever the Co-op has on hand - usually rice straw here . Yes
, there are sometimes viable grains of rice left in the straw , and no
they're not hard to get rid of . Certainly a lot easier that the f'in'
grass the straw is put down to smother . My use of straw is twofold ,
first to smother weeds and the grass that tries - and often succeeds -
to take over . Second is to get more organic material in my soil for
moisture retention and to make it a more hospitable environment for the
bugs/worms/bacteria/etc that turn the material into nice rich soil .
Forget the mulch on tender seelings. sez I. It can cause more harm
than it does good. For example, the moisure retained by mulches, along
with the decay process, can induce or aggravate "damping off", a
bacterial infection that causes stem rot at ground level _plus_ mulches
provide havens for certain undesirable insects, nematodes, etc.
Personally, I rely on inexpensive dripline irrigation (something I
"wish" I'd done 50 years ago) to keep my beds watered and use the fine
droplets/mist from a pneumatic pump-up sprayer to keep the surface of
newly-planted beds moist. As it happens, I was able to salvage the wand
from a defunct sprayer and adapt it for hose-end use but it works so
well that I'd actually buy a low-end sprayer just to harvest its
wand/nozzle. Really; I would. Lord knows, I've spent far more for far
less, and disappointingly recently, too....
Unsolicited Suggestion: If you're relatively new to veggie
gardening and haven't much invested, then "study up" on block planting,
plant spacing, raised beds, and microclimates. Those practices, along
with a cophesthic microclimate, make surface mulches redundant,
generally unnecessary, and sometimes detrimental. Let the straw, or
whatever, rot in the compost bin, not on the garden.