My first seed starting efforts were impacted by mice this year. It seems like it is always something with everything. A dry, warm winter saves the woodpile, and dries down the spring… if we have an easy winter, so does the wildlife. Which means more mouths to feed come spring. It’s just I don’t like feeding rodents my seeds and seedlings.
I restarted many of my seeds, set traps and still had a few quirks. I had to come up with a mouse-proof plan. I had been using the chick hover for a starting table, but the mice quickly learned to climb it and dine to their hearts content. My remedy? I scrounged up some baler twine and a piece of scrap plywood and made a hanging bench. It took all of 10 minutes and so far, so good. The plants are in the small greenhouse, getting all the light and warmth they need – and the mice, if there are any, have moved on. I haven’t seen any trap activity for several weeks.
Outside, things are stirring to life too. The dogs are hunting voles and gray diggers. We have the California ground squirrel here in Western Oregon and they are voracious garden eaters. The dogs are pretty good at controlling them near the gardens, but in the pastures they are fair game for wild predators.
Needless to say, Trace didn’t want dinner last night… .