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Keep Cats away from Your Plants

Keep Cats Away From Your Plants

Herbs can be your guard to keep cats away from your garden beds or houseplants. The list below contains herbs to throw fresh orange peels onto the soil. Some herbs are best used as the scent of the herb’s essential oils is strong and unpleasant to most of our feline friends. Some of these plants are good companion plants to grow in the garden to keep cats out the general area.

The second part of the list are herbs that cats away with physical barrier. Their freshness is not an issue as the thorns are the part that the cat wants to avoid. These can be laid on the soil of the houseplant or in seed beds or by newly planted garden plants.  

Remember that cats like bare soil that they can dig in to bury their feces. If that is the reason cats are targeting your beds, be sure to add ground cover plants to cover the soil. Your plants will surely thank you, too.

Fresh plants

Orange peels

Rosemary

Lavender

Rue

Curry

Barrier plants

Hawthorn branches

Blackberry vines

Holly leaves

 

Sue & Candace

Sue Sierralupé
Sue Sierralupé is a Certified Master Herbalist, Master Gardener and Sustainable Landscape Specialist. She is the clinic manager and lead herbalist at Occupy Medical clinic. Sue is author of The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World and co-author of The Practical Herbalist Herbal Folios series. Follow her blog at Herbalism Manifesto for commentary on herbs, parenting, nutrition and a whole lot more.
Candace Hunter
Candace Hunter is a self-taught herbalist who never, ever practices on guinea pigs in part because her family and friends are generally up to the job. She is co-author of The Practical Herbalist's Herbal Folio series and author of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse. She edits The Practical Herbalist website and Practical Herbalist Press publications. She has also recently entered into the field of podcasting with reckless abandon. Listen to her on Real Herbalism Radio today, or see her work at The Practical Herbalist, CandaceHunter.com, and NinthDegreeHerbals.com.


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