One of the things about these Northwest Winters is that they’re just so grey. A cheery point in the house is our two dwarf citrus trees, which come inside for the winter, and put on beautiful, fragrant blooms in the dead of winter.
During the summer months here in the Northwest, when there is no danger of frost, the trees live happily on our patio, but mid-October through March they’re inside. Since the trees have grown so much, this year they moved into much larger planters, which have proved just too much of a temptation to our two cats–who also miss the summer sunshine, and would will just as happily roll around in the dirt indoors as out.
In previous years, I’ve tried layers of newspapers (they get soggy and grow mold) and aluminum foil (which was just fine until our dumbest cat took a big bite of it, and swallowed it) but nothing has worked.
This week, after seeing a genius pin on Pinterest about lining your refrigerator with Press ‘N Seal Wrap for easy cleanup, we bought some of the stuff. (Original post here) I was staring at our glorious, tidy fridge when I heard the cat-that-dare-not-be-named molesting my trees….again.
Sure enough, it adhered beautifully to my ceramic containers, stretched tight and tidy across the top of the pot, and makes an offensive clattery noise, so the the cats don’t want anything to do with it. Arthur (the older/wiser) of the cats is shown here deeming the Press N Seal Wrap unsuitable for cat attention.
My carpets may be saved.
You may be wondering about watering? I just stick a kitchen funnel in the hole with the stem and dump the water in. There’s no splashing, and a little bit of humidity can be seen on the wrap, which helps me to know when the plants are getting dry.