Wild turkeys eating pumpkin seed!

KsKent(z5b KS)May 31, 2006

I planted my first rows of pumpkins two weeks ago today. Yesterday morning I noticed turkeys in the patch. I counted 77 plants up about two inches in the first 7 rows. I noticed many damaged hulls in the seed bed. If I had 100% germination there should be about 1264 plants in those first seven rows. Totally, I have planted approximately 3600 seeds in 16 rows now, with the latest planted last Friday. The rows planted more recently show similar damage. I blame the turkeys, but there may be mice or voles helping them. What can I do? Is there some way to treat the seed or the seedbed to prevent this disaster? I have only planted about half of my seed. What should I do? Would it make sense to sprinkle cracked corn or something between the rows to offer an alternative to pumpkin seeds until the pumpkins sprout?

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gourd_friends(z5/6 IL)

Sounds like a big problem.......I'd call the Cooperative Extension service in your area if I were you. They might be able to point you in the right direction.
Good Luck.
Oh, and forget the cracked corn in the rows. Take the cracked corn as far away from the pumpkin patch as possible.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 12:04AM
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