Bloody Rats!!!

Spent the whole day yesterday getting the round bucket grow bed plumbed into the system again. Planted a sprig of mint, one of the basil plants from the hanging bottle tower and some rosemary. Woke up this morning to find the basil stripped down to the stem, the mint completely missing, but the rosemary untouched!

Funny ’cause I’ve read that mint repels rats. Maybe they uprooted it and discarded it before munching up all the basil leaves. Why didn’t they touch the rosemary? And what can I do to stop this? Will be spending the next few weekends on ‘rat extermination’ programme. Might have to put some chicken wire around the grow bed, too.

Anyone have suggestions for protecting a small raised herb garden?