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Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 9:13 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Judith wrote:
My OH uses the "wait until you see the soil move and then whack it as hard as you can with a spade" method. As far as we know, this has never worked yet, but it makes him feel better and I find it very entertaining!


ROFLMAO (as borrowed from blacksmith)

Ther isn't a chance in this world that you could ever even dig up a mole even tho' you can see it scuffling - much less bash the ruddy thing into submission with a spade. But the picture you have instilled of you OH doing his best trying has cheered us up no end

Anyhow, the cat got the latest mole so he has had tuna for tea as a reward for his gallantry (and as a pudding aswell I suppose )

Next time please get a video Judith .... It would be most entertaining I'm sure!

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 05 9:25 pm    Post subject: Re: moles and legumes Reply with quote    

gbst wrote:
yesterday I noticed new molehills in my legume plot - well, round the edges, particularly near the french beans.

do moles have a predilection for all, or only some legumes ? could they account for the non-appearance of my first sowing of peas this year ?


I don't think that moles really do their damage on purpose and therefore I asume that where they pop-up is random and accidental (a bit like e-bay pop-ups really, only not quite as annoying). It isn't the fact that they are after your veg that is the problem. They just have a nasty habit of burrowing and searching for worms. The fact that your veg has to take a bashing in the process just doesn't occur to the little beggars.

On the subject of peas I am told that it is the mice that take the seed while they are still dry. We have had a similar problem here this year of only a few plants germinating. The solution as I have recently been advised is to soak your pea seed overnight and then place them on a sheet of newspaper (damp) with another sheet over the top and store them in a cool place. In a couple of days you will have peas with good shoots that can be planted (pre-germinated) into the ground and the mice (maybe moles too) don't touch them.

Not tried this yet myself but I certainly intend to with my next batch.

Let me know if you have any luck

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 11:32 am    Post subject: resowed peas Reply with quote    

and this time more have germinated, with (I think) more still to come up. next year will try Simon's suggestion of sprouting the peas first before sowing (the idea of soaking them in paraffin to repel mice seems pretty repellent). I've got nothing against moles; it didn't seem likely that they would prefer dry peas to earthworms.

unfortunately, the cat doesn't travel well. even getting her to the vet is major turmoil.

cheers
g

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OK. My last batch of peas (for this year) are going out tomorrow .... will let you know if they fair any better than previous sowings

sara jane goodey



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 6:56 pm    Post subject: moles r us Reply with quote    

My OH and i shoot moles for the local farmers its vvv effective, i think i have heard just about every mole control legend!! the vibration thing will just make your mole move elsewhere and not that far away. You will just find the poo lion or other on the top of the mound one morning! The other stories that i have heard with limited effectiveness are mothballs in the runs, here's a nice bit of welsh farmer lore...moles are haemophiliacs, so put hawthorn or blackthorn into the runs the moles allegedly prick their noses and bleed to death. Trapping or shooting is the only way I'm afraid as they don't relocate well either!!

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Smoking no good either then, Sarah Jane?...what do you shoot them with?

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 8:40 pm    Post subject: Re: moles r us Reply with quote    

sara jane goodey wrote:
My OH and i shoot moles for the local farmers its vvv effective


I won't argue with that!!! I'm sure it does the job a treat.

I have a friend coming over on Friday night with his "mole traps". He is a self-confessed mole trapping expert so I am eager to see how true this is.

In the mean time the little Tvvat$ have pushed up most of my raised bean beds. Beans are still growing by some miracle but if the b()gg£rs reach my brasica plot we are kn&cked for the winter

update after the weekend.


.... and yes ... what do you shoot them with????

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Simon, I have a mental picture of you out with the shotgun, shooting the ground shouting "Take that, you B)(ggers!

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


judith



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Did anyone hear Test Match Special last night? During one of the rain breaks, Jonathon Agnew and Graham Gooch were both bemoaning their mole problems at length, and requested listeners' advice. My favourite came from a parish priest who suggested that you call in the Bishop to confirm the moles. As the priest said, after confirmation 98% of people disappear, never to be seen again. Perhaps the effect would be the same with moles!

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