Unusual garden pests: the dog

Canine-human relations are decidedly strained at the moment. Not content with pulling up and eating multiple raspberry canes, a cranberry, umpteen blackberry plants and a whole apricot sapling, the hound has embarked upon a campaign designed to destroy our new long flowerbed before it is even planted. We are slowly accumulating the plants for said flowerbed here on the smallholding, ready to be put in the border all at once. It’s 45m long and the soil above the chalk is solid, awful clay and so we plan to dig a trench and plant them all at once. img_3822.jpgHowever, the wretched dog obsessively tracks down anything in a pot and so we are currently dealing with a ludicrous situation where we try desperately to find new places to store said plants in the garden where they’ll be out of her reach. IMG_3786Hiding places thus far include in an outdoor playpen, on top of a stock shelter in a paddock and on a bench. We’re running out of space!IMG_3797

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

6 thoughts on “Unusual garden pests: the dog

  1. When dogs are young they attack all plants…they outgrow it eventually…but it’s tough for gardners in the meantime

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  2. Maybe liberal doses of cayenne pepper stepped water (and mixed with some dish detergent to help it stick to the plants) will help?

    My Great Pyrenees destroyed a young cherry tree of mine this winter. I feel your pain!

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  3. My black lab used to love to pick and eat all the black raspberries before I could get to them, and the yellow lab loved to pick and eat tomatoes…just a day or two before they were ripe!

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