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Raised Garden Bed - No Longer a Neighborhood Litter Box!

By HeidiOregon
March 13, 2015

Our empty raised garden beds appear to be a favorite restroom spot for cats in our neighborhood (and there are many). Planting seeds or new plant starts is a crapshoot... literally! We came up with an easy, inexpensive solution.

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Name: Laura Undem
Washington (Zone 7a)
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ednaricketts
Mar 12, 2015 8:40 PM CST
Awesome! Orange peels work real well, too (for a temporary fix)! Our cat cowers away from them like a vampire!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 13, 2015 3:02 AM CST
I have used evergreen trimmings on newly planted parts of the garden. The bird netting is a great idea.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Mar 13, 2015 5:22 AM CST
I have used orange peels in my house plants and I agree they work well. I have one cat that will find my glass of ice water and drink from it , I have learned to use a lemon slice in the water , she will NOT touch the water with lemon. Smiling
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Mar 13, 2015 9:27 AM CST
My MIL has the same problem but her beds aren't raised. I will tell her about the orange and lemon peels. She tried chicken wire but then the weeds grow up and make a mess. She isn't up to removing and replacing and crawling around weeding that patch (83 with both knees replaced). She had a raised bed put in last year after seeing mine and she is thrilled with them. Plus they are on the south side of the house will full sun almost 24/7. She is a happy camper for that bed. Hurray!
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Mar 13, 2015 3:43 PM CST
Great idea!
Vickie
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Glee42
Mar 14, 2015 11:52 AM CST
Cayenne pepper works. Last through several rains. You don't see it on plants or ground but cats get one whiff and they are gone. I buy the larger size at sams club. Container is plastic with a sprinkle top. Gently squeeze container as you move it back and forth in area you need to protect.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Mar 14, 2015 11:58 AM CST
I've used cayenne pepper before. I guess it worked, I didn't have any more cats coming around and flattening my daylilies by laying in them!
Vickie
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Name: Janice Hurd
Thompsonville Village, Ct. (Zone 6a)
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phoebesviolets
Mar 14, 2015 12:15 PM CST
I found Cayenne pepper works well with the feral cats who love to roll in my cat mint, and for my bigger problem of the overpopulation of squirrels, who dig up anything newly planted. I like the idea of the bird netting for my raised boxes at the community garden, might give it a try this year.
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