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Mounds appearing in pots and containers!

I have noticed a mound/heap of earth appearing in my herb container and also in a large pot containing a bay tree. The mound looks different from the compost which is in the pot/ container. What could it be and how do I resolve the issue? Any suggestions and advice gratefully received.

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,573
    How big is the mound?  Are we talking molehill size or is this a mound made by a small creature?  I have little mounds of fine soil in my strawberry bed, around 3cm in diameter and 1cm high, most with a little hole visible in the top.  They are the nests of solitary bees, which are earning their keep by pollinating the strawberries (and not doing any harm).  
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • I have attached a photo of the mound/heap here. 
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,573
    Goodness!  That's a big heap of stuff... could it be an ants' nest?  Otherwise, not a clue, I'm afraid.  Hopefully someone on here will have seen something like it.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,049
    Could be a toad, I've found a few buried in pots in the past. How high is the pot off the ground?
    Some people bring joy wherever they go. Others, whenever they go. - Mark Twain.
  • Two feet high maybe? It’s happened in my herb planter too which is higher.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,599
    Looks like it could be ants, tip the pot on its side and scrape out that soft soil, you’ll soon see if there are ants in there. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,049
    Do you use swell gel in the compost mix? Sometimes that can clump together and cause soil to lift up.
    Some people bring joy wherever they go. Others, whenever they go. - Mark Twain.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,684
    Or foxes? Is there any visible hole? My fox cubs make a hell of a mess in the beds.
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