My cat thinks the containers I plant most of my bulbs in are a perfect size for curling up; doubtless the soil is extra-warm for her comfort. My own comfort is disturbed by this, as she tends to lie in these containers just as the bulbs are trying to come up.
While I don’t usually consider my cat a pest, in this case I do. Shooing her down from the container of choice is only a temporary solution, as, like most cats, she obeys me for a moment to get a peaceful life, then returns to her comfy container-nest the moment my back is turned.
In a garden catalogue, I found a picture of a cat-repeller, a sort of grid of plastic spikes. Since I’m cheap, and I’m not mad about the looks of plastic in my garden, I pondered what an alternative might be. I had the brainstorm: break up small sticks and poke them into the container at random, until there are no cat-sized spaces left. (I use sticks about four to eight inches long, and not much bigger around than my little finger, though I’m not scientific about this, as you can see by the picture. I like the looks of the irregular lengths and thicknesses. If this bothers you, you could get precise about it.)
The sticks work well, blend into the garden when the bulbs are small, and completely disappear by the time the bulbs get to be full-sized.
You can also use the stick cat-repellent in the ground, and it works just as well for small tender seedlings as it does for emerging bulbs. Free, easy, and ecologically correct.
Having said all this, I probably shouldn’t show the following picture. I shouldn’t tell you that, when one pot of tulips died down, I left it on my porch, unprotected by little sticks.
Because my cat loves it so much. I found her there almost every morning. It’s the perfect place for her to curl up.*
*See my mission statement for a complete explanation. It’ll be at the bottom of the page this link takes you to.