We have a war a brewing here on the farm. Yup, that’s right, we are turning our muck boots into combat boots and our garden hoes into heavy artillery. With battle gear and war paint (ok, maybe it’s a batman mask and Easter egg dye) we are gathering our troops and recruiting hard.
Over the last few weeks, we have noticed increasing amounts of soil building up beneath our benches in the greenhouse. This is where we have been keeping odd ball plants that have yet to make it into a permanent spot. (You other flower farmers I’m sure know NOTHING about that.) These piles built up and the potted veronica and geraniums began to look worse and worse. Then we realized something was tunneling into the pots from the bottom, eating the root systems on these plants, hollowing out the container and building nest piles out of the mix. WHAT SICK ANIMAL DOES THAT?!?!?
While Shannon sprayed off the lingering soil, she spotted the little bugger, a meadow vole! Unfortunately, the little vermin met his demise at the hand of a spray nozzle and dirty water. Lucky for me, he is gone and the greenhouse is getting a proper cleaning. However, these nasty little guys, along with the field mice and barn rats (big fat scary ones), have spent many years building up a New York sized population on our property and are constantly giving us grief. We have had rats holding derby races within the walls of our home and throwing disco parties in our barn. We have a subdivision of mice living in the basement of our house, within the old smoke house, and now residing in the walls of the studio. The mice and voles have chewed on our irrigation system to create self-serve water fountains and made a buffet out of our dahlia plot.
If you fight with rodents and have some battle tips to share, please comment below so we can all gain a few new war tactics!