Then, we started finding the rats.
First, a dead one or two. Then, you could watch them run across our yard. It squicks me out- mice I'm ok with, rats not so much.
At first, I thought it was because of our compost bin, but there are no signs that they are interested in it- no scratching, no nibbled plastic, and its up off the ground, so they can't burrow up into it. Then I thought that the plants were attracting them, but I made my husband harvest ripe food every night. We kept weed piles cleaned up, made sure any deadfall was raked up.
They might be attracted by our neighbor's trash, but this is the first year that we've seen them, and the neighbor has had yucky trash for ages.
Anyway to keep them out of the garden? I'd love th plant again next year, but if I'm over run with rats, I'll have to pass- I don't want to have to deal with the board of health in addition to the rats.
I know there are tons of people who are successful urban farmers- how do you handle it?