Everyone knows that my cats and freshly dug garden spaces don’t mix. Not even a little. As much as I love my three furry monsters, I can’t stand it when they decide to do their business on my freshly planted out lobelia. Just makes my blood boil.
So, after looking at the garden plan again and looking at my ‘in desperate need of planting out’ herbs I decided that I would have to take a different approach to the back garden space. Armed with some bamboo, netting and garden wire I set to work on making the herb garden more of a herb garden and less of a cat crapping ground.
This is the end result:
Now, is this a tried and tested method? I’m not sure.
Will it work? I don’t know. But surely it’s worth a try? I shall be on regular poo watch.
For anyone interested in what is planted out in the herb patch so far, I have: Thyme (Archers Gold & Creeping Red), Rosemary, Coriander, Dill, Sage, Fennel, Oregano and Parsley (I think), although there might be more.
How many of you have similar problems with cats and how do you stop them turning your garden space into toilets?
Lavenders & Lobelia
…. For getting down and dirty in the garden!
The sun surprised us by showing its face this morning. Determined not to miss a good day of being outside I weeded the Lavender patch again – Seems like only yesterday when I did it last – trimmed the grass and sat back with a beer whilst the OH mowed the lawn. Have to say our front garden is looking more like a ‘looked after’ garden now and less like a forest. I did plan to do all sorts – finish digging the back garden, move my greenhouse, plant out the herb patch, lobelia, sweet peas and morning glories. All I have managed to do is sow 4 troughs of mixed salad seeds (one of which is my BBC Dig In Salads), plant out the lobelia (bush blue and trailing white) in and around my lavenders (hopefully the ground cover will stop my cats from using the area as a toilet) and help pot on my Mum’s tree that we bought for her birthday.
Huge Lemon Balm leaves making themselves known by my front door.
Still, tomorrow is another day…..
I promised an update and here it is:
My cucumbers, coming on strong.
The Forget-Me-Nots, I forgot all about loving their doorstep home.
Lobelia Crystal Palace.
New peas sprouting in my fab new pea planter. Also showing a pea pod after flowering.
My one and only Rosemary seedling. It seems that this year is not my year for growing Rosemary from seed.
My winter hanging basket my Mum did for me last year, blooming right into summer!
And finally some shop bought Lobelia Bush Blue. Bought just incase the Crystal Palace didn’t germinate. I have also just bought some Lobelia Trailing White, thought they would look super pretty together in my brick trench in the back garden.
More digging planned for the next few days. I aim to have the back garden veg space sorted before my trip to Paris. 7 weeks and counting….
Today I’ve managed to sow:
Morning Glory (Heavenly Blue)
Sweet Pea (Old Spice Mix)
Lobelia (Crystal Palace)
I must remember to sow my Beans.
I’ve also bought a garden arch, which I plan to grow the sweet pea’s and morning glories on. Hopefully it’ll make a nice display.
I’m waiting for some stocks and flox seeds now.
….. Time for the Edible Garden me thinks.
Wow, they certainly speak for themselves this morning, don’t they?
Elsewhere in the garden space (or should I say – the windowsill space) the Lobelia has shot up!
The Radish is certainly loving the view from my living room!
And believe it or not, I have new leaves from the Auricula plant that I received from the Garden Swap Shop site the other day. The outer leaves look like they’re dying away a little. But they look no different to when I received it. Fingers crossed it likes it’s new home!
I’ve spent the early part of this morning (I know it’s still early) pinching the new runners from my strawberries. Apparently that’s what you’re meant to be doing around this time of year. Found a few slugs in the pot… Must remember to add some kind of slug repellent, any recommendations? Strawberries must love their sunny location though, as the fruit is starting to form (only really small) and turning red. Doesn’t look like we’ll get healthy size strawberries this year.
List of things to do today:
Plant some Agapanthus White African Lily seeds
Re-pot Peppers & Chilli Peppers
and possibly re-pot the Morning Glory (but might wait a few days longer)
P.S: The postie has just delivered a lovely parcel from Dobies. Ooh it’s like Christmas!
I’ve got: Aster, Candytuft, Agastache & Sage *big grin* – Now…. where to stash them?