We have poop. All over our front yard mulch pile and side yard where the Winter Solstice Garden and compost pile are. My husband is livid because he’s gotten it on his boots three times. The cats are not ours (I’m allergic) but belong to the neighbor across the street. I’m not sure if they spend any time inside and are constantly in our yard harassing birds and apparently, pooping. I read last night (I think it was Gayla Trail’s book Grow Great Grub) that they don’t like citrus peels, so my plan is to start spreading the peels around the yard. Not sure this is actually going to work. I’ve also have a decent sized pile of Sweetgum balls that I can pile up in certain areas to see if I can keep them from pooping near the vegetable plants.
There is a rat or large mouse living in our garage. We have cleaned it out and closed up possible gaps but he (they?) are still there. He’s been eating the corn gluten that I was going to use as an organic pre-emergent herbicide. My husband made a homemade humane trap using a plastic container and some peanut butter. I know he’s dissapointed that it was empty this morning. We may need to actually purchase some sort of trap to get it out. I don’t want more rat poop near my gardening supplies. Ugh.
I’m also doing some general clean up in the veggie beds. The landscape fabric we used on our gravel paths was basically useless so I’ve been pulling up Bermuda grass everywhere.