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PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,601

I should like to grow some hardy annuals next year but I have NO success putting seeds straight into the ground. My assistants - slugs, pigeons, mice, cats, badgers and foxes make sure that nothing survives. The slugs are the worst problem. They say annuals cannot be started in trays because they don't like to be moved. Anyone have the same problem but found a solution?


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    You could try sowing in modules.  It's root disturbance which many of them dislike.  If more than one seed germinates in each module, thin out to the strongest one.  That way you have one plant per module which you can plant out without disturbing the roots.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,555

    Modules for me too, for most plants, not just annuals.

    Easier to control moisture, temperature and pests.  Pot on the good ones then pot on again or plant out if they're big enough to cope with the competition and "helpers".

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,601

    Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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