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Advice needed: Keeping mice from sweet pea seeds

I'm trying (again!) to start sweet pea seeds but mice always seem to find them either in the potting shed or in the greenhouse. Should I just start them inside in the coldest room? How do you keep mice at bay?
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,331
    Mouse traps.  I put a propagator lid on, and the little buggers still get under. I have had trays full  of germinated sweet peas stripped down to leave bit of green stems.  Mouse traps the only way if they are in a greenhouse or somewhere else that they can get in.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,760
    Soaking in liquid paraffin? https://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=122674.0 I've never tried it, but the link takes you to an experiment someone did with garden peas.. and kerosene.  
    Utah, USA.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,067
    You could start them inside and once germinated and growing a little, get them outdoors in your greenhouse, but not cossetted over winter. They just need protection from the worst winter weather. They don't tend to touch them once they've sprouted.
    The mice in my garden can access the bird food, so they don't bother with the sweet pea seeds. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 16,758
    My mother always soaked all pea seeds with paraffin and it worked.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Wow! Parafin/kerosene! Who knew!? 

    I'll give it a go. Thanks!
  • You can just germinate them inside then put them out when shoots start appearing.

    The mice won't touch them at that stage and they can go out.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,067
    Bit late @gardworldthrowaway - already said   ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  •  is that a problem? If it deters OP from faffing needlessly with kerosene, so much the better.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,067
    No, of course not - but the same advice was already given earlier   ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Sarah Raven swears by chili flakes. 
    I start my sweet peas on Boxing Day and it's a good time when many of the little garden creatures are hibernating away from the cold.
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