Ok so our beautiful flat gardening land is coming at a cost.
And as a REAL gardener that has real life gardening problems (not just pretty rows of perfectly grown food) I always like to share the good and the bad of my gardening.
What’s happening this season?
It turns out they breed faster than rabbits and were happy to eat all of my greenhouse seedlings in ONE night. The photo below was before they’d all been eaten.
I made the mistake of MULCHING my beautifully weeded greenhouse which INVITED them to sleep in an extra cozy warm place with food.
Apparently if one has rodents mulching your garden only encourages them. There goes my ‘reduce the weeds during my 3rd trimester gardening plan’ for this season.
The mulch is now gone.
We have a cat but to be honest these meadow voles are larger than the mice he’s use to dealing with. Our 110lbs mastiff mutt LOVES to catch these voles but I really can’t have him trampling around the greenhouse and all over the garden beds destroying plants.
I wanted natural ways to deter rodents. I also didn’t want masses of dead voles all over my garden to deal with so when someone mentioned a certain product it caught my attention.
A solar powered garden rodent repeller!
At first I was excited. I thought my problems were solved!
But after checking many of these products reviews and ratings on Amazon I felt defeated once again. It sounded like this won’t be ‘enough’ to fix my meadow vole problem. I did keep searching though because there were many brands that had better ratings than others, this one had the best reviews (affiliate link).
It sounds like these repellers can sometimes HELP deter them but they don’t always work and shouldn’t be the only solution.
After doing some further reading I’ll be applying a few things to our greenhouse and garden to help deter rodents.
Natural ways to deter rodents from your garden and greenhouse
- Don’t mulch. While this makes me want to cry as I love mulching for weed control & to add organic matter to the soil, the mulch encourages them to nest and feel protected. I think the wood chip mulch would be ok as they can’t bury under it so I might mulch with wood chips back to eden style.
- Keep an outside/barn cat around for the smaller rodents like mice.
- Mint is a natural rodent repellent. Keep pots of it around your garden and inside the greenhouse. Scatter dried mint in the greenhouse, especially if you notice any openings they are coming in through. You can also use peppermint essential oil on cotton balls in the greenhouse and replace every two weeks (I use this brand).
- Use a few of the solar powered rodent repellers (affiliate link) that emit powerful ultrasonic sound.
- Plant strong smelling herbs around the outside edges of the garden. Creating a barrier of culinary and medicinal herbs is good because many rodents are put off by the strong smells.
- We use the Nooski mouse trap (affiliate link) as back up in the greenhouse. We choose not to use the snap traps because we have little kids and a barn cat around.
- Make sure any chicken feed or pet food isn’t easily accessible to mice and rodents.
- If you have larger rodents like rabbits make sure you have a strong fence that they cannot get through. Often it’s also the garden gate they can crawl under so you can create hoop tunnels over the beds with chicken wire netting over your crops.
- Although these aren’t for the rodents, we use Niteguards (affiliate link) to deter larger deer and keep one low to the ground to deter raccoons from our garden. You do have to keep moving them around so they don’t get use to them but they work great.
Do you have any further wisdom for repelling rodents?