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Moles are active in Spring


- their little heaps are free of weed roots and can be scooped up, mixed with whatever nutrients you have handy, and used for potting compost in the greenhouse.
I am sealing some in old compost bags to heat up and kill any weed seeds this summer.
When people were not so affluent in the 30s no one could afford bags of professionally made peat based potting compost, or cars to fetch it in. My mother used to send me over the field with a bucket and shovel to collect Mole heap soil. Later on when sheep were in the field I used to go again to collect sheep manure to put in a sack, tie the top and suspend it in the water butt to make Tomato plant food.
I suppose the ratio was correct doing it that way.

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Interesting, I always thought moles were pests, I didn't know they could be useful!

23 Feb, 2013


Haven't seen "our" moles around for some time - hope it stays that way! I used to be sent out with bucket and shovel to pick up horse dropping from the road. They went straight onto the roses - no waiting for them to rot down, but the roses didn't seem to mind.

23 Feb, 2013


I've never seen signs of moles in any of the places I have lived. I didn't know the soil from a mole hill was good for the garden.

24 Feb, 2013


I have heard this before, being from country stock and the feed, a lot has changed since those days has it not?

26 Feb, 2013

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