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Who Let the Cats Out?

Home Inspector with Safe@Home Inspections, LLC in SE Washington 215

 One of the hobbies that I have developed in the last couple of years is gardening which sounds awfully mundane and fuddy-duddy-ish. It probably is but I'm balancing it out by learning to kayak.

The rules for my garden are simple: anything I plant must be edible and I don't weed. That's pretty much it. A huge assist was discovering the Square Foot Gardening method popularized by Mel Bartholomew, a retired engineer. His book takes you on a journey to a simple garden that is both productive and easy to manage. My ego and taste buds need the former, my career demands the latter.

 One subject that that wasn't covered in his book though was how to handle cats. We have stray cats and we have the "indoor/outdoor" cats next door. And they look at my garden not as a miniature eden but as an enormous litter box. That has me feeling a bit perturbed. If I'm not into weeding - and my kids will assure you I'm not - then I'm definitely not into "scooping" my garden.

Plus they uprooted one of my lettuce. I said a few words after that, not the kind I would like my grandson to hear. Luckily, he was playing kamikaze on his bike. Personally, I think he's a little precocious but accident prone. At four, he's already been to the emergency room twice. Hurtling himself off the bridge in the play zone at the local mall and then trying to flip mid-jump to, according to his mother, impress a little girl led to the first visit and a broken arm.

Anyway, back to the cats....

Since I live with the Director of Operations for the local Humane Society, my means for "removing" the cats needs to be....gentle but effective. Plus I'm inside city limits and gun fire is frowned upon, especially with the high school across the street. I've tried cayenne pepper and I favor free range vegetables and edible flowers (did you know that nasturtiums are edible?) so I don't want to fence them though I make an exception for spearmint which is quite the pushy little weed.

So my question to you folks - any suggestions on how to rid my garden of the cats?


Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Get a big DOG LOL, our cat will for some rason not go in the garden and I thinkk it is because of the tilled dirt

May 01, 2012 02:41 PM
Paul Duffau
Safe@Home Inspections, LLC in SE Washington - Asotin, WA
Caring for People, Educating about Homes

Too funny.  The garden is in the front yard so I tell our Chessie (Chesapeake Bay Retriever) he can chase the cats....but only to the property line.  He's fine withthe cahse part but not very good at the stopping part.

May 02, 2012 12:01 AM
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

If you can put misters that mist water at intervals like they have at the supermarket to mist the veggies, that may help, as cats hate water!

May 03, 2012 01:27 PM
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego!

Jun 24, 2012 01:24 AM