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Claire70



Joined: 22 Aug 2006
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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:52 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Thanks for the quick replies, everyone's obviously got nothing better to do on a wet sunday evening in December

Mice: have only ever seen one, once, a few months ago now, but not impossible, I suppose.

Soil: this raised bed only got filled this autumn, it's a bit of a mixture from all over the place: some of our horrid sandy garden soil, some left-overs from grobags, some compost.... Not particularly compacted, I don't think.

dpack



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Location: yes
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mice dont like parrafin on planted things

Tay



Joined: 08 Oct 2006
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Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Perhaps moles could be the culprits? If there is no sign of their activity elsewhere on your plot, then mice are the other main option.

Sarah D



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mice unlikely, I bet it's blackbird/s.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

didn't Cab have a problem with a fox doing just that to his garlic?

LynneA



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Always the possibility with the amount of rain we've had lately that the soil's been washed away. (Has happened to some bulbs I potted in loam based mixture)

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blackbirds get my vote too.

Have the cloves developed any roots yet? They are certainly strong enough to push out of any soil.

Went



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
mice dont like parrafin on planted things


How is this applied or used ?

cinders



Joined: 04 Jun 2007
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Location: norfolk The daft old bat club
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

LynneA wrote:
Always the possibility with the amount of rain we've had lately that the soil's been washed away. (Has happened to some bulbs I potted in loam based mixture)



I think this is the case too,i have some allium bulbs pushed up,i think due to rain

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

On the other hand, some bulbs have roots that do the opposite: contracttile roots pull bulbs further into the soil!

N.B. THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR JUST BUNGING BULBS ONTO THE SOIL! YOU STILL HAVE TO PLANT THEM!

(Sorry, back into hortic. lecture mode there! )

Just Jane



Joined: 16 Mar 2006
Posts: 140
Location: France
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I had this too - I think its the frost as it brings the larger particles (eg stones) to the surface. Good thing is I can see that they've started to put down roots without digging any up (am an impatient gardener & often rootle around to see if things have started to grow)

Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nanny wrote:
mice?

not french ones or they would have eaten the garlic instead of leaving it in situ


You ain't wrong. We have lost whole beds of it to them before I started covering the beds. Couldn't understand why the garlic was gone from the neat holes that were remaining.


lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd vote self pushed followed by birds---either happens to my onion sets---if it was mice wouldn't they have nibbled some?

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

lottie wrote:
I'd vote self pushed followed by birds---either happens to my onion sets---if it was mice wouldn't they have nibbled some?


as i pointed out, not unless they were french mice

did you notice any small creatures wandering round in berets and striped sweaters dragging strings of onions behind them?

if so, that is your french mouse.............

if they were small creatures in the process of spitting out the bulbs muttering "bloody filthy foreign muck" then they are your common or garden british mouse

lottie



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Either way the cat's not fussy----it's quite cosmopolitan---bit of a drag picking the berets out of its teeth though

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