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Day 22: My very own Charlotte

5 Oct

charlottesweb1

Oh friends, you will never believe who I found in my garden. I found my very own Charlotte! She’s brilliant and she’s decided to make my garden her home. I found her today sunning between my tomatoes. She’s one mighty fat little spider. Must be a rather nutritious garden I’ve created.

Do not look poorly at spiders in the garden. They are great for keeping the little bug pests from munching on your greens. Great little resource on the “Good Garden Guys” (ok yes, we don’t want bats, toads or snakes in the garden, but it’s a cute resource anyways!) and “Which Bugs Are Good Bugs“,  as opposed to very bad garden guys like Mean Kitty. But don’t dare put a snake in my garden! Eeps!

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Day 13: The Villain

26 Sep
Mr. Poopers

Mean Kitty

Every story has a villain. Whether small or big, no mystery is solved without first finding the evils that plague it. My garden is no different. It has a villain too, and I witnessed first hand, his dirty paws preying on my seedlings.

Meet Mean Kitty. Do not let his fat stomach and white paws fool you, this feline is a scoundrel. A nomad who is likely the culprit that is destroying my peaceful garden community. Today I witnessed him slyly trespassing into my garden. He jumped the fence, landed solidly in the garden and began pacing in the planters. I came face to face with him, stared him down, and even flailed my arms wildly at him in hopes of scaring the beast. He gave me one look, turned his nose up and walked the other way. Little brat!

Finally, he chose a  spot just outside of my sprouted leaflings (thank goodness) and started digging! My heart about fell out of my chest. He dug and dug and then stopped. I froze in anticipation of what he was to do next. And what he did next made my jaw drop. He careened his butt to my face and started pooping!

A few seconds later, as quickly as he dug the hole, he had covered it right back up. Evidence hidden, he must of thought.

Not so, scoundrel! I saw you!

After relieving himself, he decided to take a little sun bath in my back yard. That’s where I snapped a photo of his dirty self. I think he thought himself proud, giving me a pose or two. I wanted to shoot him.

In the past week I have found several pieces of poop around the garden, one openly planted on the planter’s edge, as if a gift to taunt me. I didn’t think much of it. But now that I know he’s made my garden his pooping grounds, I’m rather miffed (perhaps more so at the neighbors for having such a reckless little kitty).

After spending many hours tending to my little greens, I feel a certain maternal attachment to them that I will defend by every means possible. It pains me to know that a simple cat could decide to dig them up with one swipe of his evil paws and my hard work would be destroyed. What is an overprotective garden momma to do?

My first thought was to KILL THE KITTY! Touch my babies, you die. Second option less the psycho death match was to put a winter shield or some sort over the plants so they cannot be invaded by kittyzilla. Third option, which can and likely will occur with option two, is to call out the neighbors on their poorly behaved, free pooping kitty. The thing is a rascal. It once made it up on to our roof. We have a 3 story house! How it made it almost to the top of our 3rd floor will remain a mystery. But like all villains, they possess evil powers that can only come from no good.

If anybody has any good cat repellant to use in gardens, please let me know.

For now, this website is giving me some good ideas on how to GET RID OF CATS in your garden. Planting lavender, it says, is a good repellant. I’m shocked because I used to have a whole planter full of them. And guess what, no cats! I’m sad that they have all died. For the time being, I’m going to look into this chicken wire solution and commercial cat repellants like “Shake Away”. Cats be gone!

Lesson #1: Mosh Pit Sowing

19 Sep

Do not sow your seeds in a mosh pit!

Evidence: Mosh pit sowing

Evidence: Mosh pit sowing

Lesson numero uno! Do not dump your seeds by  pinch full. I made this little novice mistake and this is what has happened. A random spattering of seed growth! Pretty yes, but I fear I will soon have an invasion of spinach in my back yard. I’m an urbanite, spinach en masse scares me.

So lesson novices! Always sow your seeds in a single line seperated by a few centimetres away from each other. Otherwise your plants will be fighting for sunlight and energy.

Mosh pit sowing = bad!