Rats like raw onions

Now, I’m sure you are already aware that it can be dangerous and counter-productive to generalise from a single incident. The fact is that the generalised title had a better ring to it. Shame!

Anyway, while the rat has been up to its usual antics amongst the compost, including taking a daily bite out of a raw onion, the pigeons have been taking their daily bite out of the Nine-Star Broccoli. I have observed that they prefer a varied diet – much like the resident rodent – which means they have had a nibble on the broccoli leaves and then wandered round taking choice morsels from other plants.

I think at least one of the pigeons I’ve observed must be a returnee. I watched it waddle towards the back of the garden, foraging on the way, and then look quite disconcerted when it got to the patch where the mint used to be. It seemed strange that it hadn’t looked ahead and seen already that this patch of ground was bare, so was it working on prior knowledge?

Anyway, neither the rat nor the pigeon will be interested in the snowdrop which has appeared in the front garden

or the new rhubarb which was only recently transferred to a bigger pot. I’m so pleased that it is growing again, being only a youngster. I’m also pleased it starts a couple of months earlier than the one which has been with me for about ten years. In the long run, it looks therefore likely that my cropping season will stretch for more than half the year.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to Rats like raw onions

  1. gaiainaction says:

    They say rats are never more than a few meters away from any of us. But pigeons I hear many gardeners have problems with them. Nice that your snowdrop survived Helen. A good idea to pot off your rhubarb, I cannot seem to grow that here at all in the soil, might try a pot as well. I’ve been gardening most of today, the rain stopped for a minute. I was cleaning up in the front garden, totally overgrown with moss from all the wet weather….so I have my work cut out for me 🙂

    • Helen says:

      The rhubarb is in a pot only till the space I’ve allocated is ready for planting. I live in what is called The Rhubarb Triangle. Not as much rhubarb is grown here as in the past but I’m still surrounded by rhubarb fields.

      I wonder why the rhubarb doesn’t thrive in your soil? Too wet or maybe alkaline?

      Anyway, sounds like you have had a busy day, Agnes. I love miss actually but I only have it in winter as the summer is too dry here for it.

  2. Over Soil says:

    We had rats, but now we have some sort of larger animal that has told them where to go. 🍽

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    I’ve still not got over the rat which appeared as soon as I put a fat ball on the bird table for the birds. Just gross. Our rhubarb I notice is showing signs of life- it feels like mine and not the previous owners now that it a new season. I expect the rat was theirs too!

  4. Discovering the nature of the offending creature is problematic for us 🙂

  5. My rhubarb tried to grow again in the autumn and got knocked back by the frosts but I saw yesterday that it has put out a new leaf. There are snowdrops, crocuses and the first daffodil out too so it must be spring! I know there are rats in my compost heaps and probably lots of other places too but the cats keep them away from the house so I ignore them!

    • Helen says:

      The rats don’t seem interested in my house. Well, who would want to move in here when there is a lovely warm compost heap which also offers meals?

      My crocuses came to nought last year but I wonder if I will get any this year? The tulips appear to be doing better.

  6. Tabula Rasa says:

    Rats will eat anything unfortunately. I line my compost bin with wire to keep them out.

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