Seed Starting - Protecting Seeds from Pests
You've planted your seeds, and now anxiously wait for them to sprout. Meanwhile,
out in your garden a wide range of animals and pests, are out in search of
their next meal.
There is a wide range of pests that will find your newly sown seeds a delicious
These freeloaders include:
Birds - They just love a variety of seeds. Spotting them in your newly
planted garden, you suspect they are looking for worms in the freshly upturned
soil. Perhaps, so. But, they could be looking for the seeds you just planted.
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Squirrels - They'll steal seeds, especially large seeds, like beans
and sunflowers. They also will dig up newly planted onion bulbs, then toss
them to the side, as they search for a variety of flower bulbs.
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to control squirrels.
Chipmunks - These rodents attack seeds from two Directions. They will
dig down for seeds. And, they will tunnel under a row.
How to Control
Mice - They will dig down for seeds, or tunnel under to reach them.
Moles - Generally, moles and voles tunnel underground. On occasion,
they may be found on the ground in search of
to control moles in the garden
Garden Pest Control Tips for Newly Planted Seeds: I
Immediately after planting, cover the row with a wide board, row covers,
chicken wire fencing, or loosely bunched netting. Keep it covered for a few
days, but less than the number of days to germination (see the seed packet)
This will guard against birds, squirrels and chipmunks.
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