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We currently (had) two raised beds in our patio as well as a thin flower bed against the back wall. 

We also have a water feature (which was full at the time) and other random grow bags etc all used for veg. 

We came home about 9.30 today to find everything ruined. The raised bed weed repellant lining was ripped, the soil was all turned over and all of the plants were burried (but not eaten). The water feature was completely drained of water, except for about a centimetre in the bottom. There was also mud from the raised beds in the water feature.

Any ideas what could have done this!?

We have seen a few mice around the walls and as the veg was not eaten, we thought this may have been something? (a cat?) chasing the mice??!

If anyone has had a similar experience, your thoughts would be appreciated!

P.s. we live in a rural area (near a woodland). 

Thank you!



  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400

    Charlotte - you poor thing.  Its so disappointing when something ruins all your hard work.  In my experience deer or mice would eat things, not bury them.  Maybe badgers or foxes ?


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Charlotteso sorry this has happened to you .image

    Not sure what it could be but as you're near woodland could it be deer? Photos would be a help if you can. Someone here will be able to offer other suggestions I'm sure.


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358


    What a horrible thing to come home to. sounds a bit extreme for a cat. Have you got badgers? or maybe a fox. or humans? have you ruled that out 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thank you for your replies! Definately not humans, it does seem extreme for a cat. I suppose it could be badgers, but it happened in daylight (between 6.30 and 9) and it was still light when we got home. 

    I find the "missing" water a little weird.. would a badger be able to jump up here and get out? 

    I have attached a picture. Luckily, I think most of the plants are salvageable as long as it doenst happen again. 






    It was defiantely something with sharp claws.. as you can see, the lining is just shredded image 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,440

    I also think badger but confused because they are nocturnal


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,969

    I can't think of anything else but a badger - if they'd been disturbed elsewhere for instance, possibly by dogs, they may be out earlier in the evening and feeling unsettled and looking for a place to hide?    

    There's a lot going on for badgers at the moment in some parts of the country - whereabouts are you?  If this behaviour could have anything to do with the way the cull is being managed it needs to be reported.

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

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    it may have been birds.. i say this as i left tray of potted up plants on my table.. and next day all the pots were up and the plants were out and right mess everywhere

    i think it was the pigeons fighting.. as htey do that alot here.

    and if they got in the water it is amazing how it can be emptied after a flurry like that..

    and they left nasty scratch marks all over my cars bonnet paint work after as well..

  • Probably a young badger's the culprit.  They venture away from the sett (last year's cubs) and often end up as roadkill round here.  Almost always the small/young ones, as far as I can tell, and it's interesting that whereas crows & magpies etc seem to scavenge on dead rabbits/foxes/pheasant etc at the roadside, I've never yet seen them near a dead badger.

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