I love them. And I don’t love them.
They’re so necessary for keeping the mouse population in check, but they can be such a pain sometimes. Especially come planting time.
After the chickens, cats are the next biggest menace in the garden. They think every raised bed is their personal litter box, and will scratch up every little seed and seedling if you don’t do something to protect them.
Our garden is fenced in, but that doesn’t keep them out. So I have to cover each individual bed until the plants are large enough that I can mulch heavily around them, which helps to deter the cats from scratching.
Milk crates also work really well for covering individual plants and protecting them from digging animals.
Like I mentioned, when the plants get bigger a thick layer of mulch- especially wood chips- works nicely for deterring cats from digging around them. You might also poke sticks into the ground, or old spoons or something, all around your plants to keep kitty out.
It’s a total pain to have to go to extra lengths to fence in an already fenced in garden. But the cat is very necessary around a country homestead where field and meadow mice are prevalent. You do the best you can to make everything work in harmony.
Anyone have a better way of cat proofing the garden?