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Mysterious mint eater

Hi this is my first post and I am hoping someone can help solve this for me.

A few days ago I planted out 3 different mint plants  in a container approx 18" high in compost with a covering of chipped bark..The next morning all 3 had been completely eaten down to the roots.

I have looked up possible culprits

1 Rats but they apparently won't go near mint and it's use in warding them off is recommended widely. 

2 slugs/snails but they are supposed to dislike them as much as rats.

3 Hedgehogs but they only eat a leaf or to as an appitite stimulant...

In short I am baffled as to what has eaten them and would welcome any suggestions as to how to protect future mint plants

Kind regards



  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Rabbits, woodpigeons?

    Last edited: 13 May 2017 10:38:52

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,982

    Rabbits, I'd have thought would be the most likely. They'll have a go at anything.

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Lynne126Lynne126 Posts: 3

    No we can rule out rabbits as is small walled urban garden.Thanks anyway for your reply 

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,462

    Lambs?image Things in my garden get eaten by them anyway!

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,907

    mice? I was told that rabbits won't eat mint - they do. So the fact that rats and other rodents aren't supposed to eat it doesn't mean they don't - and especially when it's young and tender, I would rule out slugs, either. A dressing of grit will probably deter slugs enough if it's not high on their menu choices. With mice and rats, getting the planter off the ground may help.

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • Lynne126Lynne126 Posts: 3

    Thanks will try the grit when we plant another one.

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