I just can't win for losing this year. Something has been eating my fall veggies.
Lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower all got chomped. The carrots are gone. They've even taken a few bites out of my summer squash.
So what's been chewing on my garden besides bugs?
Well, we've seen the quick scurry and flash of mice as they zip along. Plus the dogs are really into the garden fence line right now. Sniffing and running, ears up as they see what we don't.
So I went ahead and laid out some glue traps and the next day I got me a mousie.
"Sorry Dude. I know how this goes. Once the free "salad bar" is done with in the garden, you'll be heading into my house."
KiKi can be relied on to patrol the house and yard but since he's blind I can't count on his usual precise attention. And he is getting older and since I've got 3 dogs, I'd rather not have the excitement of introducing a new cat (or cats) to the mix.
(My Vet has got two of the cutest little sisters. Gray Tabby Kittens. So adorable! I'm such a sucker! But no. I'm not wanting to add to the menagerie I've already got.)
It's really no surprise that the mice have moved in though. I knew it was only a matter of time with our compost heap and the fact that the house next door is unoccupied. (It's supposedly SOLD but who knows how long it will take for the new owners to take possession as it's a foreclosure. I'm sure the paperwork will take forever.)
It can't lay the blame completely at the mouses door either. I think my "rabbit proof fence" ain't so much anymore. Now I haven't seen rabbits in the garden lately but I don't think mice did all this damage on their own.
So I'll do what I can to control the damage. The lettuce will come back, but the carrots are GONE. (sob) Who knows if the broc and cauli will bounce back.
Interestingly the mustard greens are just fine.
And it seems that NOBODY likes turnips. (Elbow to SM's ribs.) They are growing gangbusters!