DKITW's school has raised garden beds that no one was utilizing. We discussed helping her classroom set up a small veggie and flower garden. Her teacher stated that no one was using the beds because stray cats were using the beds as litter boxes. Umm gross. Can I just go a little Bob Barker on my fellow citizens of San Antonio and ask everyone to spay and neuter their pet? We love cats as much as the next guy, but not in our gardens esp. if you plan on having kids digging in the dirt.
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Over time the needles will fall off and compost the bed. As the plants grow larger, the cats stay away looking for an easier place to dig. We have tried this at home as well and had success. I really like this trick because it is all natural and safe for kids and cats.
Other tricks include planting plants cats dislike such as Rue, using cat stay away spray, or mulching with smooth river rocks. There is always the if you can't beat 'em, join 'em method where you pick a spot of your garden to plant cat nip and put in a small sand box/ litter area far away from the rest of your beds.