It was a beautiful day today. The seedlings were ready to plant and it looks like the weather will be good for awhile. I put the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, luffas, and cilantro in tubs. I put the squash, melons, and zucchini outside. There was a plethora of piddling around filling planters, planting flowers seeds, gladiolus, and cleaning. About an hour after planting the seedlings, I checked to see how they were doing in the heat. They were gone. A mouse had nipped them down to the nub. Only one of six was left. I quickly put a plastic collar over my remaining squash. Ten minutes later it was gone too. So much for that.
Last fall I stuffed my geraniums and nasturiums in this planter and put it by the basement door. Lo and behold they did great. Words can't describe how good it was to get outside. I look forward to coffee on the porch tommorow morning while I survey my domain and ponder how to grow a garden that feeds me and not the critters. Any advice on keeping seedlings safe?