So my worst garden pest has visited this week and wrecked havoc amongst my seedlings. The mice have paid us a visit again, if you are a mouse lover then I advise you not to continue reading! I had noticed that they had been visiting a while ago as the potatoes that I had chitting in the polytunnel were looking nibbled. I set some traps and although I did not catch any they stopped visiting. This week I went for my usual morning visit to the polytunnel and found that they had dug a a whole load of bean and pea seed and eaten them and all the courgette and cucumber seeds, they had also had a ratch through the leek seed tray but I am not sure how many of those they have eaten, if nothing comes up I will know it was all of them. We have set more traps and put out bait that if they eat it, it will kill them, we have caught one so far. It is really soul destroying when this happens especially as I had been organised this year and sown my seeds earlier.
Apart from dealing with mice we have emptied a compost bin this week and put the contents on the garden it was beautiful stuff. As we were emptying it the bin itself started to collapse, we built it about eight years ago out of wood we had lying around so today my husband has been building three new ones. I have also sown some carrots and beetroot with help from the children, turnips and one set of seed potatoes the rest have yet to chit sufficiently to be planted yet. The weeding that took me forever last week has paid off as hardly any are growing in the garden now, and there are virtually none now as I weeded again today. I have also built a wigwam for the peas or beans to grow up provided they are not eat by the mice before they get to that stage. Ho hum such is the life of a gardener.
The rest of the garden is definitely, finally, budding. The trees and bushes all have leaf buds and today we were out in the garden in t shirts, whispering quietly, maybe spring has finally arrived?
What have you been doing in your garden?