I live in Melbourne and I have a small vegetable garden where I am growing strawberries, tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers and potatoes. We've been away for 2 weeks and the weather was really hot. I have a net on my vegetable garden to protect the tomatoes and the strawberries from birds and slugs.
Yesterday, while I was pulling out the weeds from the garden , I felt a bad smell and I found a rat skeleton under my strawberry plants. I suppose the rat managed to go under the net while we've been away but he wasn't able to get out of there and being very hot he just died of dehydration and of course his body has been decomposed. I've thrown away all the soil from that part of the garden and I am pretty sure I will not able to eat too soon, fruits or veggies from the garden but I still have some questions:
- Is the soil infested, should I consider my garden being compromised?
- or can I wait for a while and not to pick the veggies or fruits and just wait for new plants to grow?
Considering the warm weather here I might have tomatoes and strawberries to pick for the next 4 months but they are still good?