The disappearance of a year

image imageIt was July last year when I stopped by here last. Where on Earth has that time gone? We have been very busy around the old homestead during the absence , gradually beginning the process of claiming the garden for our own and getting to know its foibles and strengths.

So let’s pretend I have been blogging very regularly and you know exactly what is going on here and I will resume as if the 13 month break has not happened.

Moles. Lots of them. This has been the summer of the moles. It followed on from the winter when I opened one of the plastic compost bins, to be greeted by a Moley face. They moved up out of the valley during the winter -remember all that flooding?- and they stayed.  Occasionally, recently,  they have strayed across the lawn, much to the annoyance of he -who- mows, but mostly they plough through my newly created borders, eating the worms I so carefully fed with home produced compost, enjoying the easy passage through well dug soil.

We made new borders in the early spring to grow roses and perennials, stripping off the turf and piling the contents of the compost heap onto it. Much of the planting has done well, but from time to time something has wilted and started to look very sorry for itself. I watered diligently and had assumed some specimens were poor doers or disliked the soil. I soon discovered the mole mining. Plants are left high and dry and copious watering does nothing to help. Part of the daily walk now involves treading the edges of the beds to squash the soil back down. Cunning little blighters are now going back and forward across the beds rather than along the edges. War has been declared but so far we have done nothing but curse and tell them about the village mole catcher……I’m hoping they will listen and move on.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “The disappearance of a year

  1. Moles are such a pain. A bit like the mice that do a similar job here. Very reluctantly we’ve started putting spring traps down, 32 caught so far. I’d lost just too many plants, veggies too. If the worst comes to the worst there is a version you can use for moles.

    It’s great to see you back!

    1. Thank you Jess. Its good to be back. The moles were not a problem until this dry summer. I think they are just mining the border because the soil is so well worked and less concrete like than the grass. I expect there will be more about moles before I’m done.

  2. How lovely to see you again my friend. I thought there must be much going on in your garden, demanding your time, but never imagined it would involve moles. Coincidentally we’ve been looking at some moles this evening, those of the local beer kind 😉

    1. Ha! The best kind of Moles are brewery moles! Good to see you here. It’s been very busy just maintaining and improving the garden and autumn sees us even busier. Watch this space 🙂

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