Urban farming has CHALLENGES, not the least of which is an army of cats that have discovered my nice soft raised beds and have been...welll...you know...DIGGING in them. Okay, not just digging. We know what I'm talking about right and I don't have to come right out and SAY it? My poor garlic sprouts were constantly being jostled and the thought of the rain washing through...what the cats leave...and getting into my soil was EXTREMELY icky to me, so I needed a solution. There are commercial "cat scarers" you can buy and other things like cayenne or chemicals that you can spread in the garden, but I LIKE cats and wouldn't want to hurt them. They just MUST! STOP! POOPING! (They made me say it!). My Mom's friend Sandra had a brilliant idea and now my garden is unique looking, but the cats have stopped visiting...
Yep. A couple of boxes of plastic forks have solved my problem. Once the plants fill in and I don't have bare dirt the cats won't find it appealing anymore and I can remove the forks, but until then it's a cheap, unfriendly-but-not-hurtful solution.
I have to kind of laugh every time I see them out there - especially at night when they kind of glow in the moonlight. It might not be the picture-perfect kitchen garden of my dreams right now, but anything to keep my veggies safe!
And in other great news - spring really is coming!!! Adeline and I played outside with NO COATS on one morning and it really and truly felt like spring! I'm soooooooo ready for it this year!