My wife says the neighbor is stealing her hollyhocks. She is probably
correct. The holes are clean, like from an English hand trowel, no
foot prints around them. What is left of her seedlings in a hole
2"wide by 3" deep. They were randomly planted amidst scattered other
species. My wife is not into symmetry. So... if they were stolen by
a human, the thief had to know exactly what the baby plant looks like.
I read somewhere that baby plants are eaten down by rabbits but they
do not dig holes. Red and gray squirrels eat bulbs .. not rooted
planted as best I can tell.
So .. it seems there is an 80% chance she is correct and maybe
there is a 20% chance squirrels are doing it, but do not leave digging
mounds and not tracks?
On Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:50:57 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
There are many small critters that dig up plants exactly as you
described... anyone so paranoid to think a neighbor would go to such
lengths when they could buy their own packet of seeds for a few bucks
is in dire need of professional help.
I'd not bother getting professional help as gardening wins and losses
occur with everyone. Reseed and perhaps success. Consider some sort of
protection but even that can fail. I plant most plants or important
plants (Read costly) surrounded by gutter guard think 5 inch fence
still critters can climb over it and have. Two legged critters for
cheap plants I'd say na.
Bill S. Jersey USA zone 5 shade garden
What use one more wake up call?
On Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:56:29 -0400, Bill who putters
You miss the point, has nought to do with gardening per se... has to
do with someone so paranoid they'd think a neighbor would go crawling
around on hands and knees in the middle of the night by the light of
the moon to nab a few very ordinary seedlings. Moles will suck
seedlings from underneath leaving a perfect round hole... this year
they stole most of my mammoth sunflower seedlings.. bluejays will dig
up freshly planted beans, peas, squash seeds. etc.
i'm not sure if you are
planting these in plain dirt
or using a potting mix with
any kind of additives/fertilizers
(bone meal, fish emulsion, blood
but raccoons, skunks, oppossum,
voles, etc. will think they are digging
for a tasty treat and some will eat
whatever they dig just because...
Grey squirrels chewed the tops off of my African marigolds this year,
and just left 3-4 in. stumps.
Something else, possibly a squirrel, or a jay, has been digging in my
hanging planters, but there were only nasturtium seeds, which have
subsequently sprouted. I covered the tops of the planters with chicken
wire to prevent future predation.
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