Actually that’s a bit harsh – possibly quite harsh. But I have had my shed broken into and there was damage and things have been taken, and they have left their poop in my shed and so now it stinks! There could have been more than one, I’m not sure, but I have seen them loitering around.
I lay the blame fairly and squarely at the feet of Toast the Cat. I mean she actually sleeps in there. Although it seems to be more a case of sleeping on the job. While she has been blissfully warming her poor old body in the sun trap that my shed can be, mice have been nibbling away at my window sill, making a small gap big enough for them to squeeze through and then they race about the frames, tossing their poop about with gay abandon – I mean there is poop everywhere, and I only cleaned it all out a few weeks ago.
They have stolen all the artichoke seeds I put aside, but I think that was more a crime of convenience as I don’t think it was their targeted item. Luckily the few other seeds I have in the shed are locked up tight in a tin or in plastic or they just don’t like them. And they have left my onion and garlic alone. I was going to store my pumpkins in there but now I’m just not too sure – do mice eat pumpkin?
The main target of this repeat offending appears to be my wheat. My cover crop / mulch grand plan, where I shall be growing wheat over winter in the empty beds, to save them from becoming weed infested, then in early spring I’ll harvest them, dry them and when my baby seedlings are ready I will lay the wheat straw about the place as a mulch. I did a test patch last year and it worked really well.
So my problem it seems is storing the wheat until I am ready to use it. I may need to buy something – a lead lined concrete box?! But until then I need to empty my shed out again! And clear out all the evidence, fix the hole and remove all edible temptation and I may even put down a little spring loaded peanut butter – but I do hate doing that as there are implications and complications with that course of action.
But what I do know is this intolerable state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue. Something must be done. And I will be the one to do it… Experience has proved these things cannot be left up to a cat, especially not a well fed house cat.
Come again soon – I’ll shall take care of this wee problem and then carry on the important task of gardening so I can inflict turnips, cabbage and silverbeet on my family all winter long!
Sarah the Gardener : o )
Oh and for those of you who are wondering what my garden looks like RIGHT NOW… I have put a short video on You Tube and you can watch is by clicking >HERE<