From April through September 2011 I participated as a blogger in a Home Farming Project sponsored by Nabisco / Triscuit Company at the Gather.com site. Some of my gardening articles survived the cut when Gather was sold, some did not. I am trying to save all the ones that did survive so will be sharing through this blog.
How to keep birds from eating your seeds!
This is an idea we tried when we first planted our "recycled garden". This method works best for taller crops, such as corn or okra in your 4 x 4 square garden beds.
Plant seeds in bottomless paper cups. The unwaxed paper cups being used to sprout the seedlings in the beds are some we couldn’t use due to their being too small for the cup dispenser we already had…so they have been put to seed-sprouting use by cutting out the bottom.
We also planted some Rubeckia daisy seeds in the corners for color and to sort of act as a buffer at each corner of the beds.
The bottomless little paper cups are placed in pockets in the mulch to which some of the planting soil mixtures has been added. Fill the cup 3/4 with soil, add the seeds and cover with 1/4 of soil.
The purpose for using the paper cups (not waxed so they will eventually decompose into the soil) is to discourage birds from digging into the ground for seeds and also slugs and cut worms from getting to the seedlings when they start sprouting.
Empty toilet tissue cardboard rolls cut in half can be used for the same purpose In areas where cold weather lingers into the late spring months, you can set the bottomless paper cups or the tissue rolls inside empty ice cream cartons fill partially with growing media and plant individual seeds in each. By the time the weather warms up enough to plant outside, you can dig holes small enough and plant the cups or paper roll cores with your sprouted seedlings into your growing bed.
It also saves on how much of your potting or planting soil mix is needed when you use it just where you need it while your mulch is making more soil.
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