Re: [gardeners] Re: mothballs in the garden

Annetta Green (
Thu, 15 Feb 2001 12:46:11 -0500

When planting seed a little chicken wire across the surface works well also.
I have a series of wire panels that we originally made for a dog pen.  Once
he learned his place the pen was dismantled and the parts used to protect my
seed beds.  It works most of the time.  (we do have one neighborhood cat who
doesn't bury it she goes on the grass, or ontop of the soil).
Anne in FL
zone 9b, sunset 26
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From: Kari Whittenberger-Keith <kariwk@OREGON.UOREGON.EDU>
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Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2001 11:17 AM
Subject: [gardeners] Re: mothballs in the garden

> To follow on Margaret, probably not a good idea.  I remembered Kay
> Lancaster writing about the chemicals and how they can harm pets and
> wildlife.
> For cats in the garden, my suggestion is tight planting and mulching with
> hard to move stuff (larger rather than smaller woodchips, for example).
> experience has been that cats like easy to work soil/areas, and if you
> it tough (they have to work their way in between the plants, they mulch is
> largish and unpleasant) they go elsewhere.  Some other things I've used
> (depending on the area) are rose clippings (they don't like the thorns)
> strewn around the area, and citrus peel (which they odn't like the smell
> FWIW.  And none of these will hurt any animals or people in the vicinity.
> Kari--owner of 5 indoor only cats
> Kari Whittenberger-Keith
> Managing Editor, Old House Chronicle