Well I am now officially anti-garden netting. My reasons?
- it’s a pain to work with – gets tangled easily, isn’t as sturdy as trellising etc
- it’s made out of plastic comes packaged in plastic and is otherwise not particularly sustainable
- traps cats.
So today I went out to water the garden, and a small cat was in one of my raised beds (netting didn’t work!) and when it saw me it freaked and tried to run but got tangled in the netting. It wouldn’t let me near it, was panicking and almost strangled itself before I managed to calm it down enough to stop struggling. I had to call for scissors to try and cut it out, but if I hadn’t been there and it had been freaked by my cat (or a raccoon) it would have died. I felt awful. I don’t want anything in my garden that could kill another creature – except slugs of course… and other meanie insects via chickens. Birds and cats should be safe!
So, the cat trashed the entire bed (bye bye beans and peas), and I’ll be pulling that netting out. I can’t pull the other nets out because there are cucumbers growing up them, but next year I’ll invest in permanent trellising – I can make it myself easily enough.
Sad start to the morning!