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Old 18-07-2018, 10:08 PM posted to rec.gardens.edible
Terry Coombs Terry Coombs is offline
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Default Tiny seed question

On 7/18/2018 3:26 PM, T wrote:
On 07/18/2018 01:17 PM, Terry Coombs wrote:
On 7/18/2018 3:01 PM, T wrote:
Hi All,

I have quail.¬* They will eat an seed they find on
the surface.

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
no difference.

Do you just give up and plant them 1/2" deep?

Many thanks,

Spread some straw over them after planting . Not a lot , just enough
to break up the water spray so it doesn't wash that top layer .

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 .

Yes , I'm old
and crochety .
Get off my lawn !

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