Answered by Jo Posted in Category Pest Control & Nature

Dear Jo

I am so excited about starting my organic garden.  I want to plans strawberries, artichokes,garlic,raspberries, and some veggies in containers.  I have done a ton of research and can't wait to begin.  The things that really concerns me are RATS AND MICE!  I am so afraid of these creatures.  I LOVE being out doors more than anything, and don't want to attract them to my yard, any suggestions?  THANK YOU!

I am in complete agreement with you on this one.  The mere thought on of an encounter with a rat leaves me shuddering!

Fortunately I have a solution in the form of a Pest Stop device.  We have a problem with mice in the greenhouse at the Kitchen Garden and installed one of these about 6 weeks ago.  We have not seen one mouse since it was installed and were previously catching around 5 a week!

On the strength of this success we have just installed an Outdoor Pest Stop as rabbits have been sneaking in and nibbling on our figs.

Good luck with starting your organic garden.  If you have any other queries about any aspect of your garden, please don't hesitate to contact me again.

Kindest Regards


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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