steven hart hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com
Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:31:36 PDT
Thanks Kathleen

I'll do the same this time, i have lots to plant soon. I'm just starting to
collect them & gee there are some nice ones available.

As for ur vermin, mind u i think squirrels are pretty cute !

The Peppermint Oil ! Ants & Mice dont particularly like it either, although
if its candy their after it might be too good to resist. Clove Oil is good
too. I sell essential oils & people tall me their little snippets all the

There is a product that might be worth a try, it is a possum deterrent
called Quasia Chip its from a quasia plant. I dont know if it works but i
saw it when i was in the nursery industry.

Best of luck !

On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM, Kathleen Sayce <ksayce@willapabay.org>wrote:

> did u plant directly into seed raising mix or soe on top &
> cover with fine gravel or something ?
> I recantly planted hundreds of them before i saw they should be on top &
> ankered but not covered or they wont grow.
> Steven,
> I planted them on top of the soil in the pot with a layer of fine gravel on
> top of that. They germinated very well, and then, every few days, the sturdy
> little leaves were neatly nibbled off, clearly vole or mice-like rather than
> slug-like. I put one pot inside a mesh cover I use for 50 or so pots, to
> keep rodents off them, especially squirrels, and even so, that pot gets
> nibbled back down every so often. They are squeezing through gaps less than
> 1/2 inch wide to get inside. So I'm resorting to a finer mesh, complete
> inclosure.
> I'll probably find that they shake the entire setup to get at the leaves.
>  : -)
> They leave the other leaves alone on pots in the present inclosure, which
> include Pacifica iris, narcissus, moraea, etc. The Rhodophialia leaves are
> their target, and must taste like candy to them.
> Kathleen
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