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?

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Already ready for picking

Yesterday we picked a few of our strawberries.  Mum is really surprised that the size of them, considering when she gave them to us the flowers (fruit) forming was so tiny.  Looks like a little bit of research did them some good.  Who know’s maybe next year they’ll give bigger fruit.

Strawberries - 29-05-09

Everything else is looking as green as ever in the garden space and you can check out some recent pics out here.

We go on Holiday on Monday so the past few days have been spent panic buying and trying to pack.  Today is pretty much the same.  The weather is totally gorgeous at the moment and I really don’t want to have to shop…. Why can’t I just stay in the garden?!

Ho hum!

Pretty pretty pea

Pea - 24-05-09

Quick check-up in the greenhouse this morning reveals that the peas are loving their supports and entwining themselves around them.  They look so pretty, delicate but pretty.

On other shelves in the greenhouse:

Sage, Candytuft, Aster, Sweet Pea and Forget-Me-Nots are all doing amazing well!

And my Strawberries seem to be plumping up a bit:

Strawberry - 24-05-09

The weather is absolutely beautiful today so I plan to pinch my Mums lawnmower and get the grasses cut.  Spot of weeding and just a general tidy up.  Might even spread out a bit of grass seed on the bare patches.

Busy, busy day!

Whats the story, Morning Glory?

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
Re-pot lavender
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?