One challenge of urban gardening that our rural friends might not experience: neighborhood cats mistaking our vegetable beds for their litter boxes. Mir of the blog Woulda Coulda Shoulda has taken a defensive approach.
Mir has planted plastic picnic forks, prongs pointed skyward, in her garden beds and hasn't had any feline trouble since. Neighbors might look at us curiously if we do this, but if it means less poop-surprises or chewed-up plants, we'll take it.
We've also heard that scattering pine cones around the garden or embedding the soil with chicken wire can help deter cats and other critters from traipsing through. The chicken wire is especially handy because it both prevents animals from digging and holds down top soil while allowing plants to grow through.
What methods have you used to keep neighborhood animals away from your growing plants?
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(Image used with permission from Mir Kamin of Woulda Coulda Shoulda)