19 Sep 2011 6 Comments
Now I love dogs as much as the next gardener–but not in my garden. Except for this handsome fellow. This handsome well-trained fellow. This is Cody and he knows better than to trample across his mama’s garden beds!
Okay, that’s not entirely true. When the neighbor dogs are at the fence begging for his attention, all bets are off. Cody is a social thing and does enjoy his visits.
I guess what I’m saying is that when supervised, this boy is an excellent garden companion. It’s the wandering neighborhood dogs I’m concerned about!
And I have evidence. Those are doggie footprints.
They may not look like much in this photo, but trust me, those are them. In fact, my husband pointed the little fella out to me the day before. An adorable beagle. When I called after him he ran, leaving me with the impression he was easily startled, had lost his way and would not be back.
I was wrong. Next day, he was back. And rooting for beans. Apparently dogs like beans?
This was news to me, but after laboring for hours tilling my rows, amending my soil and dropping my seeds, I was not amused. Walking out to the garden, strolling my rows as I always do, I noticed some of the beans laying atop the dirt. Now this can happen with too much water. Yep. Beans will float right to the surface if you give them too much water. Can happen in a downpour, though it hadn’t rained. And I checked my soil moisture. Just right.
No. This was the work of an uninvited visitor. So after I replanted my bean row (plus a few corn kernels in the next row) I contemplated how best to dissuade this canine from doing visiting again. Like bugs, was there a plant that would naturally repel dogs? Remember, not only am I an organic gardener but I’m a dog lover. I have no intention of hurting this pumpkin but I also have no intention of allowing him to run roughshod over my beds again. What’s a poor gardener to do?
Well I read marigolds will do the trick. If you plant them around your garden, the dogs will resist the urge to visit.
Really? Marigolds? Lemon and grapefruit rinds are supposed to do the trick as well, however I just don’t see myself littering my garden with citrus rinds. Not only will it diminish the glorious ambiance, it doesn’t quite set the right example for the kids if you know what I mean. After all, we have a compost habit we’re trying to maintain and giving them permission to toss rinds on the ground doesn’t feel right. Besides, look how pretty these two go together. (And they’re excellent companions in the garden!) Problem is, my beans are already in. Too late to plant marigolds to fix my intruder problem.
I could always put up a fence. A bit extra work and probably not something my husband wants to add to his hunny-do list. Maybe thorny branches strewn about?
Nah. I might scratch myself. Any suggestions? I’m all ears!