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Toxic Stuff in Your Garden

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One of my friends once decided to plant a herb garden. Under the influence of the likes of Jamie Oliver and Curtis Stone, she decided that fresh herbs from her garden would add that special something to her evening meals. I think she pictured herself somewhat of a domestic goddess – imagining herself bathed in golden sunlight, with her pink secateurs glistening in the sun, selecting only the finest herbs from her garden to add to her latest recipes.

Too bad no-one told her dog.

Within weeks of planting the afore mentioned garden, her little Jack Russell decided that the garden must have been indeed planted for him, and proceeded to spend his days rolling around bathing himself in the minty aromas.  Suffice to say no-one ever ended up getting to eat one herb out of that garden. He smelt good though…

One great thing about having a garden is seeing your dog have so much fun running around, sniffing new smells and generally being a constant explorer of its own backyard. But one of the drawbacks is the fact that a few things within your backyard can really hurt your favourite fluffy, so it’s much better to be safe than sorry and make your yard a dog friendly zone. Here are a few tips to consider:

Some of the prettiest flowers such a hydrangeas, daffodils, and azaleas are poisonous to pets, so best keep them out of the way. A cute planter box (see above picture) on a high windowsill out of your dogs reach means you get to see the gorgeous blooms and your puppy stays in good health.

Some herbs and vegetables such as garlic, chives and spring parsley do not mix with dogs. Instead why not have an indoor kitchen herb garden like this one for those few problematic plants?

{Herb Garden by Royal VKB}

A full list of dangerous plants for your dogs can be found here. Of course this doesn’t mean your garden becomes a barren wasteland – in fact it’s just the opposite. Some beautiful plants can provide such colour and fragrance to your backyard that even your dog will appreciate. Many dogs adore lavender – just like us the smell can have a calming effect on them. Peppermint is another favourite – put it in your herb garden and you get the benefit of delicate, refreshing herb…whereas with a quick nibble your dog can relax an upset stomach. And if you’re at a loss? Plant some mint. It seemed to work for my friend.

Do you have any plants you and your dogs love?
What are your tips for a dog friendly garden?

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