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cohan
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Trond, I was just reading how good ducks are at eating slugs!

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RickR
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Chickens, too...

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

cohan
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I think the wild birds here must eat a lot of them- they are around, if you dig under rocks and boards etc, but I don't see much sign of them on plants, so far...

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cohan wrote:

Trond, I was just reading how good ducks are at eating slugs!

RickR wrote:

Chickens, too...

I have read it too - but as we are away from home we don't even have a cat. When the girls were kids(!) they had rabbits and we (I) had enough of travelling with animals >:( Can't just leave them alone . . . .

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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You don't have to leave the ducks alone, they have the slugs to keep them company ;) I know what you mean though, we have our cat, who moved here from the neighbours' and adopted us, and he would be hard to leave alone since he lives partly in and partly out  :-\ Plants are easier..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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cohan wrote:

You don't have to leave the ducks alone, they have the slugs to keep them company ;) I know what you mean though, we have our cat, who moved here from the neighbours' and adopted us, and he would be hard to leave alone since he lives partly in and partly out   :-\ Plants are easier..

Well, plants are easier but they can't move themselves! I left a lot of pots outside when we left and see from the weather forecast that we have experienced freezing temps the last three nights! And that after 5 weeks without :-X I am very anxious for some of the plants. Many rhodos had started flowering too and some don't take freezing either :(

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Excellent seed-starting results, Tim and Mark!

Hoy wrote:

When the girls were kids(!) they had rabbits and we (I) had enough of travelling with animals >:( Can't just leave them alone . . . .

What?  You don't find it convenient to travel with a crate of chickens or ducks, Trond?!?  But surely that would be take-on luggage?  ;D ;D 
Kind of reminds me of a book I've loved since I read it as a kid - Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, in which he describes his family's pre-WWII emigration when he was a child to the island of Corfu and subsequent adventures... all with his various pets and eccentric family members and accoutrements in tow! 

More babies:
Gentiana tibetica - from Gardens North; germinated in 3 weeks at room temp, as per Kristl's directions:

Potentilla uniflora(?) - locally wild-collected; germ in the cold after ~1 month of stratifying; this is one of the magnificent alpine potentillas that I've struggled to ID conclusively - with a couple of these "in captivity", I hope to be able to finally satisfy myself on the ID!

Erysimum leptophyllum - update; seeds from Pavelka (collected:  1900m, Dedegol Dag, Turkey; dense tufts, linear silky lvs, yellow flws, 3-5cm, alpine meadows; 2010 seed); germ at room temp in 12 days.

Dryas drummondii - locally wild-collected; germ in 4 days at room temp.

Alyssum sp. - seed from Pavelka (collected:  1500m Tahtali Dag, Turkey; very dwarf silver cushions, suffruticose at base, yellow flws 1-3cm, limestone rocky hills, 2010 seed); germ at room temp in 7 days.

Acantholimon caryophyllaceum ssp. caryophyllaceum - NARGS seedex; germ in 5 days at room temp.

Primula denticulata - I used to have a lot of these but no more!; Gardens North; germ at room temp in 15 days.

Astragalus loanus - NARGS seedex; as described in Stephanie Ferguson's article in RGQ Vol. 69 No. 4; germ in 9 days at room temp after scarifying.
 

Achillea umbellata - seeds from Pavelka (collected: 2100m Aroania Mts. Greece; strongly silvery-wh tomentose cushions, white flws on scapes 5-15cm, limestone rocks); room temp

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Hoy wrote:

cohan wrote:

You don't have to leave the ducks alone, they have the slugs to keep them company ;) I know what you mean though, we have our cat, who moved here from the neighbours' and adopted us, and he would be hard to leave alone since he lives partly in and partly out   :-\ Plants are easier..

Well, plants are easier but they can't move themselves! I left a lot of pots outside when we left and see from the weather forecast that we have experienced freezing temps the last three nights! And that after 5 weeks without :-X I am very anxious for some of the plants. Many rhodos had started flowering too and some don't take freezing either :(

I avoid that problem by basically not putting anything outside at any time of year that can't take freezing...lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

cohan
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Good stuff, Lori!
I often think of those books in certain circumstances, especially in reference to their ship bathroom adventures...... 'Opa!'

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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cohan wrote:

I avoid that problem by basically not putting anything outside at any time of year that can't take freezing...lol

Well, then you get the water problem. Who will water all your pets when you are not there?

Lori wrote:

Hoy wrote:

When the girls were kids(!) they had rabbits and we (I) had enough of travelling with animals >:( Can't just leave them alone . . . .

What?  You don't find it convenient to travel with a crate of chickens or ducks, Trond?!?  But surely that would be take-on luggage?  ;D ;D 
Kind of reminds me of a book I've loved since I read it as a kid - Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, in which he describes his family's pre-WWII emigration when he was a child to the island of Corfu and subsequent adventures... all with his various pets and eccentric family members and accoutrements in tow! 

Maybe I could get paid by bringing them along? Could help with the flight in an emergency case . . . .

Maybe I should look for that book?!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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