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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,
-T

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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,
-T


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 .

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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,
-T


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!

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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,
-T


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 .

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On Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:26:22 -0700, 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,
-T



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?



Hay is what livestock eats - it has seeds.

Straw is what livestock poops & pees on and beds in -
it is simply the stalks of grain crops - few seeds.

John T.









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