The Curious Incident of a Rat and the Snail in the Nighttime

Call the Allotment police there’s been murder! The victims, the Sunflower seedlings. Murder scene, the cold frame.

Yes last night our sunflower seedlings were brutally murdered in their own beds. The week before Mr Wilson and I had sown our ‘who can grow the tallest sunflower competition 2011’ tucking them up all cosy in the cold frame. Within days they were sprouting away merrily. Each night after work I’d been making my pilgrimage up the plot to check on the seedlings. All was ship-shape and Bristol fashion. Then came the mini heat wave. deciding to prop the cold frame up over night to begin the hardening off process we left for home delirious with exhaustion  after a lovely day working the plot in the April sunshine. That night we slept soundly in our beds blissfully unaware that down 18a foul play was a foot.

Rat vandalism

The next day we returned to find two of our four sunflowers have had their heads bitten off! Who or what would do such a thing? disgruntled but at least we had the other two, or at least that’s what we thought. The very next day we returned to no sunflowers and worse of all some critters had nibbled and ripped the coir pots and trampled all over the Leek seedlings! Grr, it was our arch-enemy, the Compost Rats turned vandals! But were they the sunflower murderers? This time the culprit had left its slimy prints, yes it was as predicted our local Garden variety Mollusc, the Snail. But fear not the suspect was captured in its hide-out. Inside my watering bottle!

Snail in s bottle

Not taking any more chances I decided to edge the cold frame with some copper tape which reputedly keeps the sneaky molluscs out with little electric shocks! Crikey.


Author: Crafty Garden Hoe

For me it’s all about the simple things in life. Pottering around my allotment, growing things indoors and out, baking a good cake, being outside, pretty things, vintage finds and a good pot of tea. It’s all the small things that make me tick, noticing the beauty in everyday things. Although this blog initially was intended to be a blog about all these things its evolved into being basically a blog about our allotment. Our adventures, highs and lows, wins and loses. So join me & Mr Wilson as we learn from our mistakes and successes down plot 18a.

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