Blasted Stockpilers

So, with everything being cancelled now, and spring advancing fast across the land – you might be wondering how my gardening is getting on. Surely this will be the year when everything gets planted in good time, the weeds get tackled, the wilderness beaten back (except where I’m actively encouraging it to come forward)?

Well, maybe. Today I did venture up to the greenhouse to water the seeds I’ve planted so far and to start preparing the beds for their future inhabitants. Peering at my sweetpea planters I noticed that one of them had what looked remarkably like a broad bean seed in it. Funny, I thought and looked again and realised that, no, it was two broad beans. And that the modules where I’d planted my broad beans had a neatly excavated little hole in each one.

excavated planting modules

The mice have clearly figured out a way into the greenhouse and had been busy storing up their own supplies by excavating every single broad bean and pea seed I’d planted, stashing some (I expect there will be misplaced pea and bean plants all over the place) and – from the evidence of the little pile of bean shells in the corner – scoffing the rest. So much for us gardeners having a ready source of food in the coming months.

broad bean remains

Fortunately, between the ones I found and the leftovers in the packet I had enough seeds to replant (and the modules are safely in the utility room until they sprout). I feel a tiny bit guilty about stealing the poor mice’s supplies but then again, if they hadn’t been greedy enough to dig up too many to hide properly, then I might never have noticed and they could have consumed the rest at their leisure. I’m sure there’s an Aesop’s fable along similar lines…

5 Responses to Blasted Stockpilers

  1. My workshop smells of dead mouse…

  2. disgruntled says:

    Oh dear that is not good

  3. Bob McLean says:

    Good old fashioned Victor mouse traps. I’m up to 10 this winter. Checking the traps for activity is highly recommended, or that dead mouse smell will prevail.

  4. disgruntled says:

    We have mouse traps for the house but I’m a bit loth to use them in the garden as these are undoubtedly just field mice or voles. In this case, we can live and let live (and keep my seedlings out of harm’s way)

  5. […] some peas – given the mice’s exploits last year, I’m not taking any […]

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