You might be asking about now...
"So why is Mary showing us a bunch of twigs?"
Well, these aren't just any twig, that's why!
These are twigs with THORNS.
It's such a beautiful day - even though the cooler temperatures have already gone the wayside and things have warmed up a bit - yep, that's the south for ya! Still, it's cooler and much less humid than it had been and a perfect day to catch up on some yardwork, so I got out and picked up previous trimmings from my rose bushes and finished trimming off the rest. But I don't throw them away.
Collect all of these trimmings in a corner of your garden and when it comes time for spring planting next year, you'll save yourself a few headaches when it comes to squirrels and cats digging in your garden.
Using these trimmings worked wonders for me this past spring, when I put up my first raised bed vegetable gardens. I discovered that the squirrels were very fond of that nice, new, soft soil, and kept digging in it to bury acorns. My neighbor's cat made an occasional trip over the fence to visit too.
Well, I happened to have thrown a bunch of these thorny trimmings on the same wood pile where I save small branches that fall from the oak trees to use as kindling for the fireplace. I decided to scatter those thorny trimmings all about in the garden where I had newly planted seeds or small, tender seedlings. The squirrels and cats avoided my garden once they discovered it was home to prickly sticks.
So when you get to trimming up any thorny plants or weeds, or happen to see your neighbor trimming their rose bushes, snatch up those trimmings and you'll have one more arsenal of weapons to use to keep the critters from digging in your garden.