Friday was an unexpectedly sunny day but cool enough for some heavy-duty work in the back garden. In view of the recent rat activity in the dakek compost bin I was keen to eliminate the issue.
Having made the holes in the cardboard for the garlic last weekend, the first job was to pop the cloves in their places. Then I could empty the finishing-off compost bin’s contents over the top, which in turn would enable the contents of the dalek to be transferred to the aforementioned bin.
I started by unloading the dalek from the top but this proved to be heavier work that I had the energy left for. So, off came the hatch at the bottom and out came some fantastic compost. It pleases me that the dalek produces such an excellent medium for growing.
After getting out the most accessible contents, I started to dig more deeply into the heap, which is when I screamed. A grey animal jumped out and ran off into the undergrowth.
At first, I thought it was a mouse, as it seemed quite small but on reflection it must have been the rat. It was a tad too big for a mouse and I’ve not known them to take up residence in the compost bin before now.
Unfortunately, soon after the encounter with my furry garden helper (it does help me make good compost), I ran out of steam and so the rest of the unloading will have to be done another day. But I was hopeful that the little scare might have sent a message to the rat that it needed to find alternative accommodation.
No such luck! At least, I don’t think the message has got through yet as this morning I have noticed some activity in the compost I placed over the cardboard mentioned above.
It would seem that the Green Johanna takes longer to process some food remains than I had originally hoped. Already, I had picked out some of the ‘unprocessed’ contents and taken them back to the food waste composter for a second sojourn there. However, it looks like I’m going to have to get my gloves on again and weed out anymore tasty tidbits that the rat could be interested in. And think again about how to manage the contents of the Green Johanna.