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Talkback: Mice in the garden

Posted: 25/02/2012 at 20:16

Rats & mice are not to be encouraged close to human habitation - they belong out in the fields & I am with DragonflyBlue - curtains if they cross the threshhold.   Both rodents are highly destructive if permitted to venture too close & there is no such thing as a 'single' rodent.  Make excellent food for Owls & other birds of prey in their natural place.   They are dirty & a menace in a chicken shed.  Keep the balance - house garden = me   field woods = rodents.

chicken manure

Posted: 25/02/2012 at 20:07

Do not use it directly on your beds, too harsh, but mixed with compost it is great.   If you have any rabbit or guinea pigs dropping to add to the mix, all the better.


Posted: 25/02/2012 at 20:05

Chicken pellets don't keep the cats off my patches.  But cloches or wire covers do.   Also consider keeping the cats in (if they are your own of course) during the daylight hours so they can't murder the birds & let them out at night so they can deal with the rodents.

Dogs are quite efficient!

Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 25/02/2012 at 20:01

Dogs are trainable - you can get them to empty in one designated spot, a few firmly structured ground rules i.e. do's & don'ts, backed up with verbal instructions if necessary.   I have 2 dogs presently (had as many as 7 at a time) - Marcus seems to me to be on the right wave length.

Keep trying both the garden & the dogs are worth it.

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