Posted: 11/04/2017 at 22:44
Thanks Fairygirl. Re. mice, fighting a bit of a losing battle there really, open fields on three sides of the garden and lots of nooks and crannies for them to hide under/in. A couple of years ago we pulled back the black polythene covering the veg patch after winter to find a mum mouse and her babies, she quickly set about picking them up in her mouth and moving them, wouldn't have the heart to do anything with them - I'm my own worst enemy I know!
Given what you say about hardening them off I think that is a real possibility. Also going to move them to a new spot this year. They were in the lee of a beech hedge, although they were getting sun for most of the day I don't think the hedge was helping.
I might also try a wigwam in the main part of the garden to see if I have more success there. Totally different conditions but might be what they need.