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Posted by UglyYard none (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 18, 12 at 16:38

Things to know about me:
1 - I never gardened before.
2 - Don't laugh but I am afraid of insects. Yes I know about 99% of the food I have eaten has had an insect on it. I probably even swallowed many without knowing(gags) But I still want to garden. I need to.
3-My yard is not working. My husband and I planted grass and it has died. It seems everything we plant something bad happens.
4-I have tried growing plants indoors but got a mini fly like infestation that would not go away. And believe me we tried everything from home remedies to sprays that specialized int hat stuff.
5-Our yard has no privacy. In the picture I posted the wall that we share with neighbors is chest height on their side. Their yard is higher up. Their kids use that wall as a bench.
6-I have begged from landscapers for ideas on what to do. I get no response.
7-We have a stray cat(we are allergic to cats, could end up in the hospital if in contact with one) The cat will not go away unless I step outside. He comes back when I go inside as if teasing me. But it destroyed a canvas drape I was using for privacy. If I call the humaine society they cannot do anything unless the cat is in reach. Well that doesnt help.

Please anyone I want to plant a garden but I am not sure how to keep cats, rodents and insects out. Do I need to build a cage? My soil is clay like. Please help. Thanks.

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RE: Any Help is Welcome

Check the price of water. Some places in Nevada it is ridiculous to try and have a yard or garden. I've even quit a border of annuals.

RE: Any Help is Welcome

Trap the cat and let the humane society take it away. Don't leave it in the sun though! That would be horrible!

You can't keep wildlife out of a garden. It really sounds like you may want to consider putting in raised beds, or even container gardening.


I'm not surprised grass died - you're in the DESERT. Grass doesn't belong. Look into xeroscaping.

EDIT: Wow, that was a necropost! There's not much traffic here I guess if a 2 year old post with a year old response is still on the first page of the forum, LOL!

Here is a link that might be useful: Horace McCracken self-watering raised beds for desert environments

This post was edited by zensojourner on Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 2:58

RE: Any Help is Welcome

This is a website that has some useful information including a vegetable planting guide for this area.

Here is a link that might be useful: Desert vegetable planting guide

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