This is for those who don’t read my daily newspaper column. It’s my answer in my Nov. 18 column to a reader who wanted to know a humane way to keep the neighborhood cats from urinating and defecating in his garden:
"What works for me, as I’ve said before, is the organic catnip patch I planted in a far corner of my garden. (Last spring when I was picking up new tomato plants at the nursery, I also grabbed six 4-inch pots of catnip.)
"Now, instead of using my garden as their favorite outhouse, the cats make a daily pilgrimage to the catnip patch. They sniff, roll, and chew until their brains get confused, then forget about my yard and weave their ways back home to poop and pee on their own yards.
"My system — Gary’s One & Only Diversion (GOOD) — works about 75 percent of the time, which I can live with until I figure out how to improve on it. There’s definitely one very noticeable immediate improvement: My wife and I haven’t dug up any cat poop while we’ve been gardening this year.
"Can anyone top or improve on my GOOD catnip scheme?"