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#1 mobile

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:10 PM

These are very common weeds around here, so am hoping that maybe some of them are tortoise edibles. I would appreciate any help on identification of these:

 

A:

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B: The one had yellow flower buds with white open flowers.

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C:

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D:

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 05:39 PM

I don't think any of these are safe to feed... The top one looks like a dock leaf, b) lords and ladies (arum), c) buttercup and d) I can't remember what the name is but seem to remember a past post mentioning it as a no-no x x x Stella x x

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 05:42 PM

hi I agree with stella .

I just were;nt sure with the 2nd pic, its best to also add a pic of the plant aswell as the leaf. :)

have a look on here might help  http://www.thetortoi...p?thissection=6.



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 05:42 PM

Oh dear, I went on quite a long walk and these were the only ones I found in abundance. I did spot a few dandelions, but from an area I would prefer not to pick them.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 05:54 PM

more weeds will start to come as the weather picks up.

have you thought of buying seeds and growing your own. :)



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 05:56 PM

@Karen, yes I thought of growing from seeds and it's starting to look like I'm going to have to. Should be getting my tortoise within the next few weeks though and I have not been able to identify anything I can safely feed it.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:08 PM

heres a few that are easy to id.

just try and id a few weeds at a time before you know it you'll know loads.

 http://www.thetortoi...19.asp?catID=16

  http://www.thetortoi...9.asp?catID=208

   http://www.thetortoi...9.asp?catID=209

you can also get pansy, viola plants.



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:31 PM

Another good way to grow weeds is to yank up the base of the plant, and cut off all the leaves. I leave them in water for a short while before either pitting up or planting out in the garden!!'
I find it easier to grow weeds this way, and works in as much you take away 'suspicious' growth!!!! X x x Stella x

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:40 PM

Just a thought..... Check out the tortoise table web site as it is surprising how many common garden plants are safe for torts to eat. Provided you don't use chemicals and fertilisers in your soil x xStellaXx

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:41 PM

Anyone know a good source of weed seeds, other than the one on Ebay who is away until 22nd April?

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:34 PM

I usually get my seeds from this site
www.tlady.clara.net/herbiseed.htm x x x

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

Hello

I try to take my camera out with me when i'm collecting weeds in case i come across a new weed that i'm not sure off,evening primrose is a good seed to grow and comes back each year.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:22 PM

Yes, I'll have to start taking pictures of the actual plant. Meantime I have ordered some seeds and some pre alpin. Hopefully in the time that the weeds take to grow it'll be OK to use Florette salad and pre alpin?

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 09:30 AM

Hi, Mobile; here's a link to an ebay seller I buy most of my seeds from:

http://www.ebay.co.u...=p2047675.l2562

 

The seller specializes in rabbit food, but as long as you know what you're after, there's a good selection of plant seeds for tortoises.

 

I know it's difficult at the moment finding wild weeds with the Spring being so late, but hopefully, they'll be in abundance soon.

 

In the meantime, florette is ok in moderation, but the one I always give to Harry when food is scarce is Lamb's Lettuce:

 

http://www.thetortoi...=main&catID=686

 

In fact, it's the only shop-bought food I let Harry have. You need to go to the bigger stores of Tesco's and Sainsburys to get it though, they don't tend to stock it in the smaller stores.



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:04 PM

Thanks Graham. I actually ended up ordering seeds from Tortoise lady, as she stocks Pre Alpin, which I also wanted.




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