Re: [gardeners] Nigella - Love in a mist

Margaret Lauterbach (
Sun, 11 Jan 1998 11:02:34 -0700

At 12:57 PM 1/11/98 -0500, you wrote:
>At 07:06 AM 1/11/98 -0700, you wrote:
>>How did you get them started?  Friends say "oh, just throw them on the
>>ground..."  Nigella didn't germinate for me like that.  Of course, I do
>>have the world's population of California quail, house finches and sparrows
>>eating everything loose in my yard...Margaret
>just covered the seeds with 1/8" of soil.  Nothing special.
>Give those birds something better to eat... bird feeder in another area
>with niger, sunflower seeds and cracked corn for the quail.
>I didn't try starting them indoors, don't know if they take kindly to
>transplanting, but hey, thy're annuals, can't you be brutal with annuals
>and still have them flourish?
>**Womyn Who Moves Mountains-Little Finger Of Michigan**
>** **USDA zone 4b-Sunset zone 41**
>** **
>** **
Cynthia, I do feed niger thistle and black oil sunflower seeds.  There is
cracked corn in the hen scratch I serve quail, and they love the assorted
grains until late spring, at which time everyone gives up on eating the
wheat.  Someone else comes in and polishes off that residue.  Have to feed
the quail on my concrete driveway, if I don't want a bald spot on my lawn.
Lucinda says I can transplant them so I'll start them inside and hope the
quail don't pick them for that day's salad.  They've sure chewed up
something in my bird feeder bed, and I can't remember what I planted there.