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Hi everyone, just went to my raised beds and the cats have had a field day with poop everywhere. I want to clean it up and was wondering if you had any advice. Do i take the top layer of the compost and will it be ok safety wise.

Also what organic matter can i use to mix in to improve soil....cow manure or compost?

I have 3 beds (1 at 4ftx4ft, 2 at 4ft x 2ft)

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Dovefromabove

My one and only raised bed is in the same condition Paul - I shall rake off the top couple of inches and bag and put the rakings in the bin.  

At this time of the year I'd be adding some more well rotted farm yard manure and some homemade compost to the bed and forking it in a bit anyway, so I'll just add a bit more. 

I found last year that cats love to defecate in my raised bed, after searching all the forums it seemed that there were a couple of humane options for putting them off.

I tried scattering twigs (especially prickly ones) between the plants/rows because apparantly they don't like walking on twigs - I made pretty dense cover in the end and it seemed to work. Whilst it was empty I just covered it with chicken wire (I made little raised tops covered in chicken wire to protect my seedlings last year).

I'm building another bed now, soon ran out of space last year!

 HI,

I scattered seed in a two mr area last autumn and layed wire mesh over them,

the cats have used the recess between grass and border but the seedlings are ok !

 

Thanks for the reply guys. I have taken off about 2 inches from the top which as left compost. What shall i mix into my raised beds ready for growing, top soil, more compost or horse manure?

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Matty2

My raised beds are 4 ft wide _ bought canes and 60cm wide plastic netting, threaded the netting in 4 ft sections onto canes, secured it to canes with a bit of wire and lay it across the beds. Can work that way in 60cm wide blocks, when plants are mature in a block, can remove framework for just that block. Works for me, 

 

Busy Bee2

I manured a bed a couple of weeks ago, and the cats have had a field day in that!   I have deliberately designed my raised beds with corner posts sticking up, and intend to build rectangular frames for each of them, which can in turn be covered in polythene, fleece or netting, depending on season.  Once this is done the cats will have no access. 

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