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I have a friend that swears by coffee grounds to get the local cats off of her flower beds.
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try hardware cloth or something grity that would make it uncomfortable to walk on, the egg shes is a good idea
My chard seeds survived the snow and drought. The only moisture that we've had is the snow and with temps getting down to 30, I can't keep the hose hooked up, so I didn't think I'd watered enough. I'd be surprised if your potatoes and carrots didn't make it.
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I save all my egg shells, dry them in a warm oven and sprinkle the crushed shells over my beds for slug control. It also seems to deter the cat from walking around the area.
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I would guess, too, that your potatoes and carrots are OK---if the soil didn't freeze, and snow can actually insulate against cold. Kittens are another problem entirely!!! LOL
Build one of these that fits your bed and watch the weather too so next time you can toss a plastic cover overnight when there is snow or frost.
The cage is off Square Foot Gardening book or google how to make it; I bet there is even a youtube video.
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forgot about your other question re are they dead: aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives
Edited by: GARBLEDEEGOOK at: 4/10/2012 (10:39)
As long as the soil doesn't freeze, I think your potatoes and carrot seeds will be alright. Once the snow melts again (which shouldn't take too long at this time of year, unless you got a foot of the stuff!) give it some time and see what comes up!
How about covering it with a floating row cover until your plants take over the bed. The cat will use it as long as there's open soil. I believe there are some organic things you can sprinkle on that is supposed to deter them but I don't know if they're safe for vegetable gardens.
I don't know about the carrots and potatoes. The same thing happened to me - snow after a very hot week. It hasn't warmed up enough for me to go out and check. My bed was covered with a row cover but I forgot all about the potatoes which were planted in bags. I'm guessing that they're mush.
Edited by: GABBY308 at: 4/10/2012 (10:14)
last week we had 2 days of snow (UK) literally 3 days after i built my raised beds and planted the seed potatoes and carrot seeds! anyone know if they're likely to have survived this?
on another note, my kitten has discovered the raised bed and thinks it's her new toilet. does anyone have any frugal and friendly deterrents for cats?
cheers and happy growing!
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