Keeping the cats off

At this time of year, it’s hard for me to know whether it’s hay fever or something else. But yesterday I slept virtually all day, so there is definitely something amiss.

Unfortunately, the patch at the back of the garden from where I removed the garlic on Sunday is proving to be a magnet for cats. Okay, slight exaggeration as I’ve only seen one cat. However, that is one cat too many, so I’ve covered the ground with netting in the hope that is enough to deter any future visitors of this nature.

I also discovered what seems to be botrytis on one of the strawberries. That’s no surprise after the shocking number of days it’s been raining without any heat to compensate. Fortunately, it looks like we now have a few days’ reprieve before the next onslaught.

Anyway, looking out the kitchen window this morning, I was taken sufficiently with the view to take a photo.

The garden seems a lot fuller than it has done in the past at this precise time of year, in part because of scaling back the annual vegetable growing. In other words, instead of bare ground waiting for crops (to appear), the space is filled with flowers which are feeding insects and a pond which waters them and the birds. The trees are also attracting more birds, who are picking off insects to eat. Seems like an upward spiral to me!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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15 Responses to Keeping the cats off

  1. gaiainaction says:

    You must have needed this sleep Helen, hope that you are feeling better now. Your view from the kitchen window is magical, you have done such great work with your garden, it is wonderful and inspiring.

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Glad to hear that all your hard work on the garden is paying off.

  3. Helen, it’s really quite lovely! It looks verdant and cared for and lush. I’m so happy for you. You’ve poured a lot of work into your garden.

  4. Hi Helen, it’s looking great – your efforts are definitely paying off! Cats supposedly dislike the smell of rue, lavender and pennyroyal and lemon thyme – do you have any of those around? (I’m a bit sceptical about smell deterrents after the rabbits gnawed on the plants that were supposed to deter them…) Get well soon!

    • Helen says:

      Thanks, Martin. I think the cats will have been attracted by the smell of bokashi under the soil in that patch. It happened last summer as well – and right next to some lavender. That said, if they are attracted to smells, they must prefer to keep away from others. I guess it depends on the balance between attraction and repulsion, as with your rabbits. Have you got your plants sorted now?

  5. Hope you are feeling better … your garden is looking fabulous!

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