Mar 3rd, 2012
I wasn’t going to show you my failed attempts at protecting my seed potatoes from the mice that live in my potting shed. But I’ve decided they’re too comical to waste. Last year, I fed all my seed potatoes to the shed mice, not on purpose you understand, but they did eat them all.
This year, knowing that their hungry little tummies were waiting, I tried to protect my potatoes while still allowing them to chit nicely. I thought I had come up with a genius plan – contain them in a wire basket on top of an upturned pot. And it worked, for a few days at least. I think they were actually figuring out a way to get up the flowerpot rather than into the wire basket.
Then, yesterday, I checked and yes they had got in, eaten two of them and scarpered. Then I realised that while the wire mesh was decent enough there were two huge holes at the top where the handles meet. Doh! Sometimes you can’t see what’s right infront of your nose.
So… my options are:
- 1. Buy more seed and plant without chitting (not a problem says Monty Don)
- 2. Buy more seed and construct better protection (this option = time. A commodity I have little of these days).
- 3. Poison mice (oh but no…)
- 4. Poison mice by inserting poison pellets into seed potatoes (more fun for me and at least they die happy, oh but no…)
Option one it is then.
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