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October 17, 2009

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Anne

Oh my, I fight the cat poo here continually. I put up little yarn fences, which worked for a while (quite a good long while). See how well it works here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/librarianguish/3538265132/

The cat eventually decided she could get around it, and I find plenty of poo here and there in the garden. I now put straw over all of the unused parts of the garden, but she still gets in there for a good poo fest - despite plenty of other nice places for her in the yard. I've wondered if there are more cats involved in this defilement of my garden than just her, but don't know for sure.

I will have to try the holly leaves - we have a nice bush in the back of the yard, with plenty of leaves to spare...

Kate

I gave up on keeping large plants in my house for years because of this! But the other day someone suggested wooden skewers.. and it makes so much sense. If you stake them throughout the garden, in theory, it would make it very difficult for any little kitty to cop a squat

K.

Two observations:

You've shown us pics of the soil before. It looks woefully bereft of organic material! Sand, small pebbles, but little organic stuff. I'm guessing that the plants come up a little anemic in this soil, and you must be close to the ocean?

The natural world has a remarkable property in that it's disparate elements work together to produce a beneficial whole. In this case, the cats, for reasons completely unrelated to yours or the soils needs, are fertilizing it with exact what the soil ( and you ) need. Ideally, they create this great fertilizer by eating things your garden ( and you ) don't need, namely voles, moles, and rats. I feed mine too many kibbles, so he tends to just to badger and torment the little monsters; enough though that when they tunnel near something I want to protect a couple of fresh Oscar brand fertilizier logs in the hole discourages further tunnelling.

I mean really, look at it this way. You'll spend hours trying to get rid of the cat shit, only to dump pounds of cow shit into it's place. Does this make any sense?

john frederick

Plant a patch of catnip away from garden. get a dog

GeorgyGirl

k - seriously, I just have a really really shit camera!

tilly t

hmmmmm ... apparently if you put coffee grounds--pre or post coffee--those are a deterrent for the furtive felines. (as, supposedly, are mustard oil, cayenne pepper, pipe tobacco, lavender oil, lemon grass oil, citronella oil, pine cones, broken nut shells, egg shells ... you get the picture.)

K.

GG - Not only are they fertilizing your patch, they're doing it in the right way ( just at the soil surface ) at the right time ( fall ). Just leave things be until spring. The poop will decompose and the soil be that much better, with no work on your part. What the cats _won't_ do is eat your fruit, vegetables, and flower bulbs. Moreover, the rabbits and moles will tend to avoid that spot for fear of your new feline friends. The gardening gods are smiling upon you. Bask in their cheery glow.

cat insurance

that is a bad patch of soil.
anyway. leave them cats alone. you know their poo is fertalizer right?

GeorgyGirl

Hi everyone,

As you may or may not have guessed, I'm no longer blogging with WFMU. There's been a bit of a reshuffle, and it was decided that gardening had no place on a music blog, which is fair enough I guess.

Thanks to everyone for your comments over the months and do keep in touch.

As to the negative comments on the soil - well, we had a full year's worth of excellent vegetables, so I guess it's full of organic goodies after all. Never judge anything by a poorly shot photo ;)

Happy 2010 everyone, and enjoy the music. :)

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