Plants Mice Won’t Eat – What Plants Do Mice Dislike

By: Mary Ellen Ellis

Micein the garden or home, can be a major pest problem. Having plants micewon’t eat can be one solution. If there is no food source, there is no need fora mouse to hang out or make a home in your garden. Use these suggestions forplants that will be safe from nibbling mice and some that may actually helprepel the critters.

What Plants Do Mice Dislike?

Most gardeners are concerned with bigger pests, like deerand raccoons,eating their plants or vegetable harvests. Mice can be a big issue as well.They may be small, but mice can make quick work of the plants you have workedhard to grow and nurture.

Mice particularly like to nibble on bulbsyou’re hoping will bloom in the spring. You may think it’s a mole or asquirrel, but oftentimes the bulb culprit ruining your spring garden is amouse. Bulb plants that are safe from mice include:

  • Daffodils
  • Snowdrops
  • Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow)
  • Fritillaria
  • Wood squill (Siberian)
  • Camassia
  • Muscari (Grape hyacinth)

There is mixed evidence that mice will eat alliumbulbs, but they definitely enjoy munching on all tulip,crocus,irisvarieties and most types of hyacinth.

Plants That Repel Mice

If you have an issue with mice in your home or garden, youmay want to consider growing some plants that will keep them away. This can bea cruelty free way to control a mouse population and a way to avoid traps. Hereare some ideas of plants that repel mice for indoor and outdoor containers orbeds:

  • Catnip: Catnip may also bring mouse-hunting cats to your garden.
  • Most herbs: Mints and lavender are especially good.
  • Garlic and onions: Garlic and onions both have strong scents that mice don’t care for.

There are also some natural ways to protect plants in yourgarden that mice insist on feasting upon. Bloodmeal in the soil, for instance, will add nutrients and also keep rodentsaway from buried bulbs.

Cayenne pepper sprinkled on bulbs or plants will deter miceafter one taste or even sniff. Your local garden store may also sell specificmouse deterrent products.

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Re: Mouse Safe Plants/Herbs

by CallaLily Sat 19 Aug 2017, 8:27 am

Basil is safe in moderation. Cilantro, parsley, dill, thyme, sage, fennel, watercress, calendula, rose petals, pansy flowers. And though they're on the avoid list here*, from everything I've read chamomile, mint, and petunia flowers are all safe. As with most things, moderation is key.

*because one experienced fancier said no to them on the old forum. Mint is believed to be a mouse deterrent but I believe people are confusing fresh/dried mint leaves with the essential oil. Big difference.

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2. Sage

hoard off mice as well. The smell of sage is very strong and it has a distinct flavour that’s ever present in Christmas turkey stuffing.

This herb is resilient and easy to grow in winter but it doesn’t survive frost so it’s a good idea to grow it in pots so you can move it inside in the bitterest winter months. Given sufficient space this sage can grow to very high heights outside but make sure you harvest is in the winter before the frost sets in before it withers and dies.

Re-use laddered tights to make little pouches and sachets that can be kept in cupboards and draws to deter mice and to freshen up the musty smell in damp houses.

Do you have any further wisdom about how to keep rodents out of your garden?

My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.

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