Toiling through the Mother’s black gold you begin to whistle, drawing back the curtain of life, pulling weeds sprouting in the shade of your peppers…you feel something squishy, not quite…
“UGH CAT POOP!”
Quickly you fling the offending clump through the air and drag your hands through the soil only to find another precious little nugget!
I’ve been here and its nasty, gross and just plane o’l dirty. That spongy cat poo squished between your digits…
Thankfully having two large dogs seems to slow down the potty violations in my growing areas, but recently I’ve been getting the panicked messages from friends far and wide begging me for advice on how to deter that darn cat from taking a fat deuce on their rub-barb.
This plant has been used for thousands years as an anti-inflammatory, oils for chapped skin and astringents. But it is also known as the “scarey’d cat.” A strong scented curry with ‘pointy’ leaves and stems deter cats from coming near. The scent alone is said to be potent enough to turn up the nose of the most refined feline.I’ve tried pepper, hot peeper ( I felt like I wasted perfectly good spices) fencing and ‘paw spikes’.
To me ‘Paw spikes’ is a humane way of keeping these critters from crapping on your cabbage. It’s chicken wire laid on it’s side and cut with it poking through the soil. Or my favorite, rose stem cuttings places like halberds through out your garden. They Won’t hurt the cat, but will make it completely unrewarding poop and they should avoid the area.
Noise and movement is another way if you can afford the motion sensor and an alarm.