by Connie Oswald Stofko
Do rabbits make nests in your garden? Do cats use your garden for a litterbox?
Here is one tip to solve both problems.
Make the space less appealing by breaking it up with sticks.
In addition to sticks from a tree, you can recycle disposable chopsticks, Popsicle sticks, old plant tags and plastic forks and spoons. In my garden I have a metal spoon that was damaged when it fell into the garbage disposal. Don’t go out and buy anything special; you probably have plenty of things that can be recycled for this purpose.
The key to making this work is to use a lot of sticks close together. If there is too much space in between, the rabbits and cats will make themselves at home.
In case you’re wondering, the reason I don’t want rabbits is because they nest in my garlic patch. (Yes, rabbits may be deterred by sprays that use garlic, but they aren’t bothered by whole garlic bulbs.) When they dig a shallow depression for their nest, they kick my garlic bulbs out of the ground.