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    Nature Girl is offline Seedling
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    Default New back garden veg patch - Advice needed

    Hello,

    I had to give my allottment up as I could not give the time it deserved. However I have just cleared the back garden to reveal 4 beds which will be easy to manage as on the doorstep.

    However does it matter that we appear to have a few more cats at home than on the allottment & the cistern on the loo did leak for a while earlier this year.

    Does anyone think that this is a problem for the 1st years growth???

    I will manure the beds with compost on top & will be growing spuds, beans, squashes, courgettes, spinach, garlic & shallots.

    Any thoughts on cats etc would be very welcome!
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    From my experience of problems with cats, they tend to go for big gaps of exposed soil which isn't a problem if your vegetable have grown big (they don't go for that) but if they're seedlings, they get dug out around the area for their loo. I have lost some seedlings this way and the awful task of removing the disgusting sh*t. I surround my vulnerable seedlings with BBQ swekers but I'm sure there are other methods. Sorry can't advise on the leaking cistern.
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    So.. generally no worry regarding the cats using the garden as an occasional loo then other than being bloody anoying!
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    Hi Nature Girl,

    Did the cats use your garden as loo? As cat bring diseases in their excrement (spread toxicara and toxoplasma) be carefull. How bad was the cistern leak ?
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    I also thought this. I have no idea what the cats get up to but there are plenty around.

    Also the cistern was leaking for around 6 months but is now fixed.

    Any idea how long I should leave it before safely planting & is there a soil test for this??

    Thanx
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    I normally curse the cats for digging in my garden but I've just seen a tabby cat carry off one of the rats from under our trailer so god bless him. (or her)

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    If it was the cistern, this only holds clean water, so there shouldnt be an issue there. If it was the waste pipe then thats a different matter.
    Re cats, we have 3 of the little darlings which appears to keep others away and ours havent used (yet) my veg plot. The only sure fire way are dogs or Sewer rats fave, a gun. I would be tempted to try some form of high chicken wire fencing if it really became an issue, possibly with the horse's electric fence attached for a little while!!!
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    Cats tend to look for nice crumbly soil to 'dig' in. So if you are sowing seeds direct and have prepared the soil then to keep cats and birds off you could make a low 'tunnel' out of chicken wire and protect the seeds with it.
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