The Cat-gardening Chronicles 22


Have you tried Vaseline to be rid of pests?


Make a nasty prison jacket of Vaseline by smearing it thickly around the rim of plant pots: pests with their sticky slime trail will be shocked to find that there is no easy access for them to attack your plant!

There is a free fertilizer for your garden if it fills up with autumn leaves that have fallen down from any nearby tree. Rake up the leaves and chop them up fine and use them as a nutritious mulch for flowerbeds.




Even if you don’t chop them up, dig up a large hole in the garden and fill it up with the leaves. Cover the hole with soil. Within a few months you will have refreshed your garden with free fertilizer.


Have fun with growing an avocado plant! Press four cocktail sticks into a whole avocado stone. Fill a jam jar or any empty jar with water and using and using the sticks to support it on the rim, place the stone over the jar with the base just resting in the water. A root should emerge from the stone within about a month!

Let the root grow to atleast 40 mm one and a half inch, then transfer the stone to a pot of compost to grow further. (Readers Digest).


How two gardeners killed the rose chafer, a pest that attacks roses. They collected the beetles by hand, several times a day and dropped them into a cup of kerosene which killed them.


They also drove them off from one rose shrub at a time by handpicking and letting insects decompose. They put a little water in a glass jar and filled the jar with rose beetles, letting them decay in the jar with the cover on. When there was an army of rose chafers attacking one plant, they left the jar with the cover off, underneath that shrub. The beetles did not like this, and vanished!


They claim this is the best way to rid the whole garden of this pest without pesticides. But their neighbours went on spraying their roses with pesticides.


Make a Mackerel Munchie for your Kitty!


  1. Half a cup canned mackerel, drained
  2. One cup whole grain bread crumbs
  3. One tablespoon vegetable oil
  4. One egg, beaten
  5. Half teaspoon brewer’s yeast, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sized bowl, mash the mackerel with a fork into tiny pieces. Combine it with the remaining ingredients and mix them well. Drop the mixture by one fourth teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. From: Cat Nips! Feline Cuisine by Rick & Martha Reynolds


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