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mice nest in soil

Hi, I'm new to gardening and loving growing edible crops, but after I uncovered a black plastic sheet off my raised bed last week, I discovered a mouse nest. I've spent ages searching the internet and cant find a definitive answer as to whether my soil is safe to plant edibles or not. please help!


  • BiljeBilje Posts: 740
    Well not a definitive answer but I’d imagine most gardens have mice I’m sure your soil will be fine by the time you prepare the soil and sow or plant. 
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,674
    Your soil is perfectly safe to plant anything in. If you are a farmer and spread fresh manure on your field you only need to wait 3 months before harvest. A couple of mice are not going to be worse than a few thousand pigs.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,843
    I agree … absolutely nothing to worry about.  
    There are probably quite a few small animals … wood mice, field mice, voles, shrews etc living in your garden … they’re happily doing what they do to help the world go around …  you’ve just found evidence of one or maybe two of them. 
    Enjoy your garden 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081
    I wouldn't worry either. I have a regular supply of mice here, and they can get into the smallest spaces, so they're everywhere around plants - including edibles, whether in the greenhouse or outside.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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