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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

How about a garden meeting this Friday? Misc. notes from the garden.

Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at 5:02 PM
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  • Catnip? Why not start some dandelions too?

    I should be able to make it this Friday.

    Where will it be?

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Dec 9, 2008, at 7:18 PM
  • I'm going to try to be with you this Friday. I'd like some of the catnip if you have some extra.

    -- Posted by Ms Jere on Tue, Dec 9, 2008, at 8:29 PM
  • I'd like to come,too.

    Hmmm...

    Maybe we could get permission to plant catnip in isolated spots in some of our public parks.

    Douse it with fish emulsion then do some sort of trap-and-release program with the felines that come to check it all out.

    If we confined ourselves to vaccinations and neutering the boys,we'd make a lot of headway.

    (Spaying and adoption programs could follow.)

    Having a colony of healthy,neutered ferals would help keep out unaltered intruders.

    Those that did manage to join existing groups could be neutered,vaccinated and put back with the rest of the population.

    Feral kittens and any tame cats could be socialized as pets/therapy animals and adopted.

    Other neutered felines could be "employed" as barn cats.

    Such a program could make good use of any surplus catnip and concentrate ferals and wandering tame cats to specific areas so they could be kept healthy and their numbers could be reduced in a humane manner.

    Killing strays just leaves a void for the next unaltered group to fight,breed,contract disease and trespass where they're not wanted.

    Managed colonies allow the cats that aren't going to be re-homed to live out their days with far more comfort,freedom,dignity and safety than they'd have making it on their own.

    If the catnip could help accomplish that,it might soothe our spirits even more than catnip tea.

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 4:55 AM
  • Last place we met was Fifty and Fiddles. I will get a note to the T-G.

    The catnip had not rooted yet, but I can bring the cuttings. I have a lot of trouble growing this in pots, but it is wild outside.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 2:36 PM
  • I thought about it as I headed out the door that we need to make sure F&F does not have a Christmas Party. Anyone heard from Barbara?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 3:39 PM
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