Pet Friendly SW Florida


Pets & Growing Organic Food


At first I thought this has about zero to do with pets, unless you count my somewhat futile efforts to train the dogs to keep out of the garden but it actually kind of does if you read on. To be fair, these old dogs (Bailey will be 108 in human years in just over a week!) have grown used to going wherever they feel like in the yard, and doing whatever they want. I’ll not go into more details as I’ve already digressed.

But, I feel so EXCITED about my new garden projects that I want to share it with the world, and what better way to do it than to put it on the internets? You’re welcome.

My Garden Pictures

Here’s some pictures of the garden. I’d love to get any suggestions and gardening tips to help me deal with pets and harvest as much as possible, so please feel free to email or comment!

Below are a few tips I found and tried to follow to keep the dogs safe.

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Don’t Plant Toxic Plants

Well, now here’s something that is actually pet related. When planting anything around your house, especially if you have a dog that likes to graze (I miss you, Joey) it makes a lot of sense to plan ahead, and research which plants are toxic to pets. Then, don’t plant those. Its actually quite easy to slip, because for every plant you are planning to plant, you will have to look at the list because there are lots of them.

You Might Get By With A Few Toxic Plants

Some plants which are toxic, you might still get away with. For example, Onions. If you can plant them in a spot that your pets don’t access alone, you can keep them away from it. Or you can plant them in hanging planters that they can’t reach.

Another thing to consider is the size of your pet. Small dogs and cats which are smaller but still can take a big bite of something will have a higher potential for an issue. If you have a larger animal, a small bite of something may not affect them at all. I had a friend who’s dog used to seek out and ravage through bags of Hershey Kisses, plastic bag, aluminum foil and all. He lived to a ripe old age of 14-ish going strong all the way. My vet said the actual toxicity in a family size bag of Hershey Kisses might be enough to kill a small dog, but a 60lb dog might get a little bit of a head rush and a palpitating heart. No wonder he did it - for the rush.

Plant Out Of Pets Reach

This is just smart, unless you want your plantings trampled. I’ve opted for hanging planters, above ground planters, and in-ground only outside the fence where they can’t get to. And when I put some corn in the ground, it will be protected until it gets tall enough to not be a temptation.

January 28, 2022 |
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