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sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 19 8:19 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Yes, it had eaten a few of them MR but was kind enough to leave me some as well. I can't think that I've ever seen a rabbit down the allotment but I guess that doesn't mean there aren't any. Do squirrels eat carrots? We have a couple of those.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 19 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wouldn't be at all surprised. They are omnivorous so will eat virtually anything. That is what makes them so successful.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 19 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

squizzers are a fair bet , as are bunnies or rats.

the teeth marks are all slightly different as are the other signs such as footprints, strands of fur etc etc.

a spade is a better weapon than a fork

if it a mammal rather than a bird extra hot chilli powder might well put them off.

physical protection can work but knowing what you need to repel or exclude helps.

I planted peas under chicken wire to stop pigeons eating them before or during germination, chilli keeps the mice away.

I have seen raw carrot in fox poo so they cannot be excluded from the usual suspects.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 19 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll remember the spade advice DPack.

Small claw makes on a couple of the carrots, so I'm guessing Rat or squirrel. Next year I'll pop chilli powder down.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 19 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the kilo bags from shops that cater for fast food outlets as well as domestic are pretty good value.

squizzers and rats might like ancho, but they do not like extra hot with added sudan red

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 19 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And if you see a squirrel or rat going around breathing fire, you will really know the culprit.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 19 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the last rat that tried to re squat under the shed did not enjoy the chilli based area denial weapon.

for spaces etc use a tincture and sprayer

9 pts water
1 part turps
enough detergent or washing up liquid to get it to form an emulsion when shaken

add whole chillies and steep for a week or so shaking now and again
filter through fine sieve into sprayer

cover all surfaces, it will work for months if the surface is protected from rain and sun

for plants etc powder works well but needs replacing after rain

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 19 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
And if you see a squirrel or rat going around breathing fire, you will really know the culprit.




Thanks for the solution mix DPack

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 20 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm looking at a raised bed for the herbs and I'm going to use tanalised timber, so it's lasts longer. Because I'm using this timber I want to put a liner in there before I fill it with soil. Please could someone let me know the best liner to use?

Thanks

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 5692
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 20 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thick polyethylene. Make sure to poke some drainage holes, in the middle away from nasty compounds you don't want wicking back up. (Or make some sort of a drainage pathway in whatever is the lowest exposed corner)

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 20 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Slim, that's great. I will do.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 20 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you don't want to use tanalised timber, alternatives are oak, chestnut or Western red cedar. All of them should be fairly readily available. Make sure there is no sapwood included, as that will rot fairly quickly. Tanalised timber isn't very good these days, as they have taken out the chrome and arsenic leaving only copper. We find tanalised fence posts only last 3-5 years now rather than the 10 years+ the old ones used to last. Although all wood will rot in contact with soil, those 3 are likely to last the longest. We had green oak ones from a local sawmill some years ago, and they are just rotting now, so we are replacing with our own milled WRC.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 20 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Alternatives over here include Thuja occidentalis, black locust, hemlock, and some folks use larch

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 20 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Larch is pretty good in contact with earth too, and we get that over here, although not usually very wide planks. We tend to use black locust as an ornamental and call it robinia, and we do get western hemlock, although not sure if it is the same one you have.

Slim



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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 20 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our hemlock is tsuga canadensis

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