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Posted: 15/03/2014 at 17:58
Gosh such wind! I thought I was going to loose my washing line! Green house tidied up, front garden hacked around a bit more, chilli willies all potted up, last nights hot cross buns a success (phew!) ...

Back complaining so its sofa time for a while!

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 17:50
So let me get this straight. You don't want your cats to crap in your own garden but aren't prepared to even consider the thought of putting some effort into TRYING to train your cat to do its business in a litter tray outside. Since you can train them to use a human toilet and surely an adult cat doesn't get struck dumb incapable of learning one would assume it a perfect win win situation.

So where do you, as an intelligent owner expect them to go? You're happy making it someone elses problem so long as you get what) in a quick low effort on your part you want) am I correct?

Is anyone else surprised that no one is offering you much help when we all struggle with the after math in our own gardens and so unsurprisingly don't want to encourage pet owners to forget that they should take SOME responsibility to the toxic waste their pets produce?

You CHOOSE to have a cat, its not a wild creature damaging your garden, its your own pet who will not doubt be most confused if you start shooting it eith a water pistol in what it once thought of as its nice safe territory and using chemicals that offend its nose or make its eyes sting so it no longer feels safe near the garden and maybe even leaves the home altogether in favour of a mad old lady three streets away who puts food out every night. Remember that, especially to a rescue animal who may have had its trust damaged already, what we put down in the garden is there to scare the cat off, make it uncomfortable and want to leave. Is that what you want to be doing to your cat?

Just as an aside, there are people out there who when a cat messes in their garden think nothing or putting down anti freeze to kill the animal. Yes its an disgusting act but worth considering when encouraging your cats to go elsewhere. I hope for your pets sake your neighbourhood is full old nice old ladies and less garden proud grumps.

chilli peppers

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:54

Sounds good Singing! Mine arrived yesterday and were soaked in tea overnight ready for me to plant this morning.  Hopefully we'll have success I've a couple of friends I think would enjoy this plant as silly birthday gifts! If I'm really lucky I'll get some seeds to share for next year but no counting chickens just yet!

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:33

Unless you are perfectly happy to carry on with sprays and water pistols which just encourage your pets to do their business in someone else's garden making the likes of non cat owning me the one having to suffer from your cats digging up our bulbs and getting cat poo on our hands putting those of us who wish to get pregnant at risk of passing Toxoplasmosis to our unborn child (very nasty) because we wanted to innocently grab something from our vegetable plot...

Your only alternative is to train your cats to only use the litter tray you already provide them. There are plenty of sites on the internet about how to train your cat.

Take responsibility for the fact that like all animals your cat has to toilet somewhere.


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:15

How are you feeling KEF? Mug of tea in bed before I work out which job to do first!

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:14

If you have a shed and have people nearby who would actually do something* a cheap idea would be to securely fit a cheap rape alarm to the shed door and the pull cord to the shed. If the door gets pulled without first removing the cord it goes off.


*I write this because I turned up to my place of work one day and no sooner was I opening the door being first in as two neighbours (it was opposite a residential area) were rudely complaining that our alarm had been going off ALL night and disturbing them. 

As a lone young lass I promptly shut the door not wanting to disturb the evidence if something had happened and asked them if they'd called the police - they hadn't. They didn't even THINK about calling the police because "what would they do?" (Aside from contact the owner to turn the alarm off? Oh I don't know - check the business wasn't being emptied of its computers?!)

So don't rely on members of the public to act if you install even the best state of the art equipment with sirens and flashing lights!!

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:02

Unfortunately they're as likely to be stealing your tools than your fresh veg and the Police who can't act to protect the Allotment can charge you with KIDNAPPING and false imprisonment / GBH if you so much as touch the scotes taking your things. It's all terribly silly but as you'll have seen in the news - its the criminals that get more protection!


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:10

Keep looking nervously at the neighbours trees. Windy?! Poor branches keep meeting the roots!


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:25

That looks lovely Dove!

Hot cross buns rising, partner making lots of unnecessary noise whilst trying to be "useful", chilli willy seeds about to get a soaking in tea overnight... its all rock and roll!


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 16:51

The wind is already picking up and I'm* a little bit top heavy which makes the journey home "fun" in the more exposed areas.

I can't believe its so grey and dark out there. Proper stormy weather can't be far away I fear.

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