Well, after weeks of rain there was a two day break in the weather and I was able to plant tomatoes. And I noticed that my fava beans plants, which you see in the planting box to the right, actually have bean pods on them. Great! I also knew that as soon as the tomatoes were planted, every cat in the neighborhood began making plans to use my planter box as a litter pan. The number one culprit is my own Upsie. She loves nothing more than taking a dump next to a tomato plant. So, for the past 9 years since Bob made the redwood planter boxes for me, I have waged a battle to keep cats out of them.
Over the years I've tried many different systems. One method that worked well was erecting a plastic mesh fence around the boxes. The above picture is from two years ago and shows how Upsie, and all the other neighborhood cats, were forced to stand on the rim of the planter and look longingly at the soil through the fence, to no avail. However, I disliked that system because it was very inconvenient dealing with the fence when I wanted to harvest my veggies.
So, last year I took the fence down and cut some of it into strips to lay on the soil. It ruins the cat's fun when they try to dig a hole in the soil to do their business. So far, so good. I'm sure they will call a meeting and brainstorm a way to get around this.