When Spring comes, and you are preparing the beds for plating, there is a lot of loose dirt.
I am not sure why, but nothing says “FREE BATHROOM” to a cat like loose dirt and sand. Since our cats live outside, they are in the garden. They also seem to invite all the neighborhood cats over for a party in our garden. What we can be left with is a dug up bed, full of cat waste. I don’t need to tell you how nasty that is to think about, do I? Cat poop can be full of bacteria that isn’t good for humans and it doesn’t seem to compost down.
We have tried many solutions to keep cats out of our garden.
Moth balls, beer poured around the beds, even the old wive’s tale of urinating in the garden were all a bust for us. We were stumped, looking for an answer to keep Fluffy and her neighborhood friends out of our peas. We had the solution, staring right at us for some time, and we didn’t even know!
Yes, we planted our garden, and stuck plastic forks down in the beds!
To “plant” your plastic forks, first plant your garden with desired seeds.
Then, before you cover them with dirt, stick a fork about 1 inch from the seed. You want to stick the whole fork, up to the tine end into the dirt. This keeps it from disturbing the seed as it grows, and can even serve as a marker of where you planted!
This was easy to do, and since we had the forks already, was not expensive at all. I imagine that we will get a lot of use from the forks, and I know already that the cats didn’t like it. The best part is that it won’t hurt them, required no chemicals, and they are fully reusable!
Do you have issues with cats in your garden beds? What has worked for you?
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