Oy. So we have some new neighbors, and those neighbors have a cat, and that cat spends most of its time outdoors, and it loooves our vegetable garden.
This is bad. Very bad.
Cat waste is--duh--not healthy for human beings. Specifically, it puts us at risk for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that can cause flu-like symptoms in some, and in others (especially pregnant women or immune-compromised people) can cause serious, even fatal, illness including encephalitis.
So what's a gardener to do, especially when a garden fence isn't an option? Here are the four things I'm doing so far:
1. Wear gloves whenever you work in the garden, and wash the gloves after each use.
2. Wash your hands and clothes in hot, soapy water after each garden session.
3. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over the area where the cat is doing its "business." Kitties don't like the spicy.
4. Wash all vegetables well before eating.
Anyone have other tips for discouraging cats from making their mark on your vegetables?