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Malathi
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January 6, 2011 - 3:58 pm
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Hi 

Happy new year to you all!

I had sown some capsicum and spinach seeds on Jan 1 in cocopeat with sand as base. I followed GG's instructions of making the medium moist before sowing the seeds. I covered the pot with polythene and kept it in a shaded place. I now see 3 little guys popping their heads out...there are several more seeds to germinate. At this point, what do I do? Do I keep the polythene on? Do I get the pot into the balcony (where there is sun)? Do I water the pot? Pls advise

cheers!

 

Malathi

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geekgardener
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January 6, 2011 - 4:51 pm
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Congrats. You had a good start.

Now that the seeds are germinating. You remove the polythene cover. You can keep them in the sun . Water them lightly and ensure there is good drainage. Capsicum can be transplanted after a month. Spinach needs no transplant( rather hates transplanting).

Any more questions? Feel free to shoot.
GG

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Malathi
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January 25, 2011 - 1:54 pm
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Hey GG
 

The cucumber has sprouted. but my lil plants don't look like the ones in your pics. yours were with rather large leaves and what I have is a long shoot with 2 small leaves. I planted them in cocopeat as well. 

 

The good news is that I sowed 3 seeds and all have germinated. It's been a week since germination, but no true leaves have appeared. When does one transplant them into bigger pots?

 

Pls advise

 

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February 1, 2011 - 11:04 pm
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Good to hear that. The size of the leaves depends on lot of factors. Does it get enough sunlight? If not they might get lanky. When they get the 2nd true leaf you can move them into pots and ensure you don't disturb the roots.

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Malathi
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February 2, 2011 - 3:56 pm
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GG

Am devastated...all the tender saplings (beetroot, European cucumber, spinach, capsicum, cherry tomato) were a part of the feast my neighborhood hooligan bandicoot had...but for one capsicum plant, everything's gone 🙁

I've sown beets again...but this is so disheartening...I tried a rat trap, but no use. 

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February 2, 2011 - 7:43 pm
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This is really devastating and I feel really bad that it happened. I was battling with rat problems on my terrace (6th floor). The heads of all the seedlings will be cut in the morning. I had to use a trap large enough. Sprinkling crushed garlic had 50% success rate. You might want to try it.

Also, I started raising the seedlings in my balcony before I plant them in the terrace. You can also try RatKill (Mortein, Roban) etc. Keep it away from Pets and Children.

Inspect all possible hiding places for rats in your garden. If you have compost piles, check them. Keep all empty pots inverted and ensure they have no place to hide and remove all possible food sources like garbage cans, dust bins etc.

Are you sure its bandicoot?. It could be a smaller rat as well. I used 'Vada' as the bait in the trap and worked like a charm every single time. Check for places that are secure for rats, they reproduce there and bring food for its babies.

Don't lose hope/enthusiasm. But unless you are sure that you have eradicated the rats, don't sow new seeds.

I totally understand how it feels. 🙁

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February 3, 2011 - 10:59 am
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Thanks GG for the virtual shoulder 🙂

I stay on the ground floor in an apartment and the bandicoots are all around my balcony in the common area grounds..there are quite a few burrows and have asked our  building maintenance to do something about it...but I feel bad poisoning them.

I'm going to try sowing stuff indoors now (I have a large utility area which receives light but not direct sun) and bring them out only when they are ready to be transplanted. Shall try the vada as well 🙂

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February 4, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Or you could get a dog:) The Dog at home[Mom's place] has now successfully caught/ cornered/ killed/ helped in killing 4 really big rats in the last one year. Cheer up, stuff like this happens all the time.

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February 19, 2011 - 10:19 pm
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Hi Malathi.

Glad to be of help. Bandicoots can be serious pain in the neck. Did scattering garlic help? Dogs do keep them at bay though.. but you know.. apartments and dogs don't get along well..

For many days, I kept vada in a smaller trap and then the next day vada will be missing but no sign of rats.. Those days plants weren't affected. I think the trick is to keep feeding them :P..

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