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Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Unsure Any Help
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Fri, 01-11-2013 - 3:41pm

Namaste

The weather in my part of the state is 60 degrees when it should be something below freezing!    I've been unable to determine just how unfrozen the ground is but if I put a cool weather plant outdoors it will drop to below freezing.

I know it is still winter but should I start seeds in the house?  Anyone have a tried and true germination mix formula or a way to stop the squirrels and rabbits in our neighborhood( they believe the gardens, grapes and berries in the area are grown only for them) ?

I don't believe in commercial fertilizer or pesticide but I'm wavering. 

p.s They don't or won't share!

Suggestion's?

 

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Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Mon, 02-04-2013 - 4:52pm
Linda, I'm not sure what SCA is. Please enlighten me. Namaste miladyknight
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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2000
Sun, 01-13-2013 - 6:48pm

Oh yes, are you by any chance into SCA?  Just wondering with the name you chose.
Hugs........

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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2000
Sun, 01-13-2013 - 6:46pm

If you have enough light and warmth in your house you can start seeds.  I'm talking about good windows East west or South preferably.  Or grow lights.  I live in Alaska and I have what I call a sun room (haa, funny for winter when we have no sun), but I have a set of grow lights set up against one of the walls where I start my seeds.  some seeds I start In January like carnations, onions, and others come later, but most of my garden I have to start ahead of time and transplant into garden when time as we have a very short growing season.  I also have several greenhouses, because I love winter squashes, pumpkins, tomatoes etc.
Days are now getting longer, but can't tell until next month.  yippeeeee.

Smileycons!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Sat, 01-12-2013 - 11:35am

I THINK you can buy tiger pee (or lion pee or the like) at a local zoo... and Michael Symon says "Deer's Blood" will make deer stay away from a garden plot (apparently you can buy that in powdered dry form from garden supply shops?). Guess deer aren't oo keen on foraging in areas where one of them may have died! Wink



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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 01-11-2013 - 7:25pm

I forgot to address your squirrels and rabbits.  You have to mark your territory the same way animals do.  Apply human urine around your beds.  Not ON your beds, but around.  Keep a few Mason jars in the bathroom or send the men in the house outside to do their business.  I know it sounds weird, but the critters understand it.  In a perfect garden, you'd mark with tiger pee or something, but most people don't have access to that.  Laughing


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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 01-11-2013 - 7:19pm

I've started seeds inside this early, they get a little too leggy and don't do too well unless you can move them into bigger pots before your last frost date.  It was 70 here today, and my daffys and hyacinth are up, but I'm still very aware that it is nowhere near over.  I've caved in from being totally chemical free gardening to resorting to weed killers.  I have a standard lot now, but used to have several acres that stayed weed-free with just regular mowing (meadow grasses).  But here, I get covered completely in nutgrass.  I don't use fertilizer other than natural; I have the most amazing supply of earthworms you ever stuck a shovel into.  They do a good job of leaving "leavings."  I don't like to use chemicals because I have dogs.  So compost and earthworms are my cures.  

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