The Cat-gardening Chronicles (4)
How to save your plants when on holiday!
As any cat addicted to gardening of the intellectual type (you surely won’t expect our kind to water anything or repot!) knows, the garden becomes a sanctuary in bad weather and screeching hours: when we decide to use the kitchen for playing, and some glass cutlery crashes down, we hide behind the ferns. And innocence comes to us naturally, so we manage to clear the bad weather quickly. So the catnip is not stopped, nor the gourmet cat food, however unhealthy it may be for us!
If you love your cats, you will surely find someone nice to care for them, when you are away. But do you know what to do when there is no one to care for your plants for some reason? Here is a very handy tip from Good Housekeeping Household Hints.
Try out this holiday green house when you want to travel. Fill the bath with 6 inches of water. Put the ivies, begonias, ferns etc. in, raised above the water level on buckets or trays.
Learn to make this plastic tent over them: tape one end of a sheet of polythene to the wall and drape the rest over the side of the bath. You can do the same with a flat-bottomed sink if it is near a handy wall.
Mix coffee and tea grounds (unsweetened) into the soil if you are growing ferns! As you can see in this picture, cats and ferns have a very cool relationship!
How your cat helps you: even when she is having that 18 hour nap!
Your cat keeps you healthy without you even knowing it! The simple act of petting it clears out stress and lowers blood pressure.
And if your cat has asthma or bronchitis remember to keep her away from perfumes, paints, room fresheners, deodorizers and even scented litters! Buy unscented litters and those made from recycled paper which have virtually no dust at all. Don’t smoke!