Seeds forum: Easy Way To Protect Seedlings From Squirrels etc.

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
May 1, 2014 3:00 PM CST
Thanks to the Dollar Tree I found an easy way to let seedlings grow outside until they get their true leaves without having to worry and squirrels and birds digging them up. I took two baskets and put them on top of each other .. the bottom basket has holes drilled in it for water drainage and the top basket is twist tied to it when needed.

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Works like a charm even for your babies in the ground.

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Name: greene
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greene
May 1, 2014 3:32 PM CST
I love, love, love this idea. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Oh, and I think a couple of landscape staples would hold each basket in place on the ground.

I will also be hitting the thrift stores and doing some 'road side shopping' to find similar materials to up-cycle. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
May 1, 2014 3:35 PM CST
Love ideas like this, I am always trying to find ways to combat the squirrels,voles, mice etc. from destroying my little seedlings.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
May 1, 2014 3:40 PM CST
I used to keep seedlings in the greenhouse until they were ready but the light was never quite right because of the panels and they'd start to get leggy. The second I saw the 'open' baskets, the ones I use on top I knew I had my solution.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
May 1, 2014 3:44 PM CST
I have recently resorted to using screen door material stretched over a wooden frame, so far it is working. Similar to a compost screen inverted, darn... I have a compost screen I could use that too,
what was I thinking?
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
May 1, 2014 3:47 PM CST
The Dollar Tree has been an awesome place for 'gardening' tools! Lol.
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Name: Danita
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Danita
May 1, 2014 5:29 PM CST
I do this with the 1020 web trays in which annuals are often sold. They aren't as tall so they only work for short seedlings, but I like free! They are also handy for protecting places where you've direct-sown seeds in the garden by just pining them to the ground with landscape staples or bent pieces of wire hangers. I'll have to check if our Dollartree has some of the taller baskets, too. Smiling
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Leftwood
May 1, 2014 5:49 PM CST
One might also think about the watering-thereafter issue:
--- if you secure just one side of the inverted basket, you will be able to open and close it like a treasure chest.
Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
May 7, 2014 6:55 PM CST

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Love this idea. I'm struggling this year to protect everything from rabbits. Thanks for sharing this great solution.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
May 7, 2014 7:36 PM CST
You're welcome. Glad it's helpful.
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