My feline safe herb garden.

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?

I’m shocked at how much it’s all changed

In such little time my back garden space has changed from  this:

Back Garden

To this:

Garden Space - 12-06-09

There’s still a heck of a way to go yet, things need moving out of the garden and there’s still a lot of weeding to do… But I’m getting there, slowly.  We should have our new garden furniture soon-ish, so then I’ll be able to enjoy the garden and have people come join me outside 😀

Today I’ve been potting on things that should really be going straight into the ground.  But with our front garden space still looking like a building site (only with a little more grass), I fear that if I start working on the front too I’ll be taking on a lot more than I can deal with at the moment.  So I’m focusing on getting the back garden space a little more tidier first.  Hopefully everything that I’ve potted on today will last a few more weeks before going into the ground.  Monty was my garden space buddy for the day, lounging around in an unfinished raised bed….

Monty

That pic makes me cringe.   The pigeon shed is such an eyesore!  It’s not our pigeon shed though, it’s our landlords.  The house we’ve moved into was originally his home and he’s very kindly rented it to us at a massively reduced rate (mates rates, as he knows my Mum ;)), so we have to live with the pigeon shed view until he is able to move it to his new place…. Either that or finish off our fencing so we’re not sharing the garden space with his newly built house next door.

Anyway, the house next door and the pigeon shed pics I shall save for another time.

Our very own Garfield!

He even likes Lasagne! – Everyone, meet Monty.

Monty

I’ve not ventured out into the garden space much today, only really for the odd quick splashings of water.  I shall be out there tomorrow morning, first thing in my pj’s snapping some fab pics of the greenhouse with my new camera.  Can’t wait!

Bad Monty!

This morning I let the cats out as normal and after going to relieve themselves (I’m guessing that’s what they needed to do!) – I caught Monty having a good sniff at the strawberry plants. A second later, I caught him biting at the flowers and I actually caught him mid-bite, before spraying him with some water.


Having plants around my cats is such a bad idea…. It was Alfie pulling up the Sunflowers a few days ago. The buggers!

All seedlings are doing very well and without wanting to bore you with pictures galore of all of them, I’ve uploaded progress pics to my Flickr account and I shall continue to do so. So if I’ve not posted a pic of a particular thing I’m growing on my blog. Be sure to find it here.

Also potted up some Morning Glory last night, for my front garden. Can’t wait to see if they do actually come through. Got my Cornflower Blue Balls through the post this morning, so might pot them tonight.

Things I’m waiting for: Common Fennel seeds, Border Auriculas (young plant) and some Lemon Balm seeds.