Saturday, October 23, 2010
Butterflies, Pumpkins and Mice
I took Emily out of preschool yesterday to go to the pumpkin festival at the Desert Botanical Garden. We have been going every year since both girls were babies and it is a nice fall desert tradition for us. It will be the last chance we get to go mid week because Emily will be in kindergarten next year, and I wont take her out of school for it. We also stopped by the monarch butterfly exhibition. All in all it was a lovely morning with perfect fall weather!
This morning I was watering the compost in one of my boxes and was surprised when a mouse stuck it's head out, took one look at me and ducked back inside. To my knowledge I have not had any rodents in my compost before so I was rather surprised. I am not sure if I should be too concerned or not? I mean obviously I don't want any coming into the house, but they are already living outside, and I am quite happy to coexist with them. If they weren't in the compost presumably they would be elsewhere.
I have done quite a lot of research about rodents in compost today and as usual there is loads of conflicting information out there. I imagine if I keep the compost damper than usual for a while it will deter them from nesting, although it may be too late for that. I couldn't bear the thought of harming them although one of my resident king snakes that I know for sure roam around the veggie garden may not be quite as tolerant!