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27/05/2013 at 20:15
27/05/2013 at 20:26

Aww, I have a resident mouse at the allotment. Never done any harm to me so won't be doing any harm to her. Only ever seen the one...and one little home. Had it years now and never been a bother to myself or my crops.

27/05/2013 at 21:48

Mice are often a problem to gardeners, digging up seeds and eating seedlings for a start. My winter onions were almost entirely eaten from 150 to now about 30. Although that was probably because of the long cold winter we're still coming out of.

It's up to you how you deal with them really, maybe if you can identify the species you'll be able to work out whether it'll be a problem for you. I suspect though, you will probably have to do something about it (and I admire people who say there's just one for their optimism).

27/05/2013 at 22:50

Your right, there probably is loads about. But I don't feel the need to keep killing wildlife. It's the local cat population that are the troublesome ones - dirty and messy.

28/05/2013 at 06:25

It's probably due to the local cat population that you've only got one!

28/05/2013 at 10:53
Hi all,we have up the allotment hundreds or thousands of mice,we dip our peas and beans etc in paraffin for a min or brush it on then plant no probs ,iv tried with dipping and without it before planting, dipping works ,its an age old trick granddads dads did it ,mind you parrafin was twopence a gallon then,
good luck Alan4711
28/05/2013 at 21:35

Haha you could be right SwissSue.

28/05/2013 at 21:42

Thanks everyone for your advice, at the moment my onions are still intact though a few have been disturbed by the mice digging holes  thinking of putting some humane traps down and removing them from the area. 

28/05/2013 at 21:57

I have a creche for voles in my composter. I think the unit must have raised about 10 generations since I put the composter in place. To be fair I love the fact I have a huge variety of wildlife in my garden including the resident toad who rests under the discarded base of the said composter.

28/05/2013 at 22:00

You'll be surprised to learn that birds are the culprits, when it comes to the disturbance of onions and sudden little holes.

28/05/2013 at 22:01

Aww, wish I had a resident toad - they're quite cool ! Got loads of frogs and newts like. 

28/05/2013 at 22:11

We too have lots of wildlife in the garden, frogs, newts a variety of birds, dragonflies and damselflies too. We have always had mice in the garden feeding on peanuts and hazelnuts from the twisted hazel. I'm new to vegetable growing and would hate my efforts to be in vain hence the need for advice. Interestingly they haven't been anywhere near my composter 

29/05/2013 at 18:21

Damn, you've upstaged me with the newts!!

29/05/2013 at 18:49

The newts are fascinating but I have to have a tadpole crèche outside the pond to ensure they don't become an all you can eat feast for the newts and dragonfly nymphs. The newts are fascinating to watch though 

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