THIS is a handful of tomatoes from my summer crop. There's been so few this year. A heatwave knocked them about and then cool days and heavy rain caused them to swell and split. Almost all are waterlogged. I've had none of my annual crop of yellow pear-shaped tomatoes come up and my beans bulged on the vine after all the rain and became inedible. All in all it's been a woeful summer in the garden.
The final blow was this weekend opening a drawer of stowed seeds to discover rats have been through and eaten the lot.
I've salvaged the shredded Diggers seed envelopes until I have a chance to properly work out what seed is left, if any. All were stowed in an old dresser that sits alongside my garden tools in our back shed, and while there's always been bush rats in the roof and the shed, they've never chewed through the seeds.
The past two seasons though, we've had a growing battle on our hands in the garden, and the seeds are the last straw (yes, they've been in the straw as well).
What to do? We have bush rats and now, I strongly suspect, rattus rattus rats.
Have you any advice on how to manage an increasingly greedy rat population?