Keeping Cats out of the Garden

I recently made a new area of the garden "mine". The cats had been using this as a cat box in the past (or so I think). Any ideas to keep them away?
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Trying to keep cats out of the garden 07/24/2003
Here's a similar request with lots of ideas about keeping cats of of pots. Maybe something here will help.

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf000308.tip.html

By Thrifty_Fun
Trying to keep cats out of the garden 06/04/2004
If they have been using this already for some time, you may need to replace the soil or add in a good amount of topsoil. If you are planting vegetables you wouldn't want any of the known cat feces diseases to get into your food. If you are planting flowers, the acids in the urine may affect some types of flowers.
By Tawnda (Guest Post)
Trying to keep cats out of the garden 07/18/2004
Mix 2 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of mustard with 1 cup hot pepper sauce that contains habenero peppers, and 2 cups vinegar with 3 cups water. Blend well. Pour a thin stream in several areas of the garden. Sounds silly, but it works! The scent keeps cats away so it is harmless.
By Shirley Mac (Guest Post)
Trying to keep cats out of the garden 07/19/2004
Just a note on Shirley's post... vinegar can and will kill grass, weeds and your good plants, so be careful when spreading around the garden that it doesn't leach into the soil around your favorite plants. And those habo peppers should keep anything out, LOL. I have this marked in my favorites. :)
By Dee (Guest Post)
Trying to keep cats out of the garden 08/15/2004
In the spring, after you plant seeds or before you put seedlings in, lay fence down on top of the garden soil. You can use wire chicken-coop type fence if you want but the cheapest and easiest to use is the flexible plastic fence with 1 x 1 inch or 2 x 2 inch holes sold in roll. It is cheap and available at Walmart in the spring. The cats will no longer use the garden as a litter box because it isn't pleasing to scratch soil through the fence.
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The other thing I've used: After I cut back my rose bushes, I take the branches that have lots of thorns and criss cross and lay them throughout the garden. Cats and animals hate thorny branches in their way but the plants and seedlings don't mind, they grow over and around the rose branches. Don't bother with pepper spray or moth balls etc., once it rains it washes the smell away.

Using the fencing and rose branches stopped my 4 cats from using my garden as a litter box. However, now I have crows eating my ripe tomatoes so I have to do something. I bought a fake owl and move the owl to different posts every third day or so, but the crows got wise to it. Should I make a scarecrow?

By Melissa (Guest Post)
Trying to keep cats out of the garden 08/16/2004
Regarding the crows eating the tomatoes. Drive a few wooden stakes among your plants. Attach some of those unsolicited ISP CD's you get in your mailbox. Just tie a string on them and tack them to to top of the stakes so they can swing. The shiny reflection will scare the birds away. If you don't have any CD's, go to the Post Office and pick up a few... they have AOL ones all the time.
Harlean from Arkansas
By rockytopp61
Trying to keep cats out of the garden 04/28/2005
Has anyone tried "used" coffee grounds as a deterrent for the cats? I have read that they do not like the smell and stay away. With dogs on one side of us, and a cat on the other, this whole issue is a challenge!
By mamasix (Guest Post)
Trying to keep cats out of the garden 06/14/2005
Mothballs in the hole doesn't work, the cats kept using the garden as a spot to dig,urinate,and poop. I use javex around my garden edge and it works great, now I don't have a problem with cats.
By icewoman152003 (Guest Post)

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