Garden with dogs in the Spring
Are you excited to start gardening this year? We have been enjoying this warmer winter and had the opportunity to work in the yard this past weekend. It was nice to pull weeds, trim some bushes and start the garden planning for this growing season. Check out this blog post we wrote a few years ago with some of our favorite gardening books.
One of the obstacles we face in our garden is finding the balance between keeping our pets happy and a protected garden space.
Penny our german shorthaired pointer loves food. She has eaten watermelons, tomatoes and carrots from the garden. A few years ago, we installed a fence to divide our backyard. It has allowed her to have a place to enjoy the sunshine and grass while keeping her out of the veggie garden. It is important to evaluate your unique pet needs.
Godiva (our labradoodle) is a high jumping dog but she is not food driven. She wants to be right next to you when working in the garden. She loves to jump, run and play. Godiva loves to play with rocks. We put up temporary fencing during the first month of the growing season to give the little plants the head start without being accidently jumped on by our pogo stick dog.
Tips to Garden with dogs in the Spring
What are your unique dog needs? Does your dog dig? Are they food driven and most likely will want to eat your crop? Do your dogs like to lay in a specific sunny spot where you’d like to plant something this spring?
It might be smart to think about temporary or permanent fencing in your garden
Be mindful of what you plant as somethings might be poisonous to your cats/dogs/chickens. You might consider planting these kind of plants in an area where your animals doesn’t have access to them or just skip them all together.
Some weeds/plants have burs that can cling to your animal’s coat. We hate cheatgrass for this reason as the
Balance between the spaces you need – (What brings you joy in your backyard?)
We love being able to toss the ball and have open space for visiting dogs to play with our girls. We also enjoy the large veggie garden we plant and cultivate each year. Think about the need for the different spaces in your yard and think 3-5 years ahead to what your needs in the future might be as well.
We would love to see your garden and hear some of your ideas on how to live/garden with pets.
Gardening with dogs