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When Something Has Been Eating Your Garden, Bring In The Dogs!

For Mother’s Day the kids built me a raised vegetable garden on the side of the house.

I have wanted a vegetable garden for quite some time now and obviously I can’t have a vegetable garden in the backyard because the dogs would pee all over it.

The side of the house is perfect for my garden. It gets plenty of sun and the dogs don’t have access to it.

The kids planted me regular beefsteak tomatoes, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes. I added green pepper plants in for Gibby.

I have been taking such good care of my garden.

I water it everyday and I even pull the weeds in it.

I don’t pull the weeds outside of the garden but I pull the weeds inside the garden. I don’t want to overdo it and cause my hand to get a cramp. You know what I mean.

My garden has been doing awesome.

My tomatoes plants are about as tall as me and I had my first green peppers the other day.

I was so proud of the peppers that I cut them up and served them at my party last weekend.

I served them in little dixie cups that had dip at the bottom. This way instead of having a veggie tray where everyone was double dipping, each person had their own little cup of dip and they could double dip as much as they wanted!

I cut the other pepper up for Gibby. He loved it.

Anyway, the other night I went out to water the garden and this is what I saw:

Something ate both my pepper plants!

I know who it was.

It was her.

I know it was her because she has been hanging around the house lately with her little entourage.

She usually eats my neighbor’s trees, which is fine with me, but now she’s in my territory. She’s not just eating the pepper plant, she’s also munching on the cucumber plants and I’m pretty sure she took a bite or two out of the tomato plant.

She may be pretty, but I have a problem with her.

I was willing to let one pepper plant go, but not two, and I will not sacrifice another plant to her.

So how am I going to stop her from ruining my garden?

Good question.

Here is what the experts say:

Get a dog. Deer are said to be afraid of dogs.

Awesome. I have 3 of them, but 1 will do.

Now what? Keep him in a sit and stay for the rest of the summer?

Several sources said that a dogs scent is a natural repellent for deer, so what I have been doing is walking the dogs in front of the garden several times a day.

I have also been letting them pee around the garden.

Not pee IN the garden, that would be gross. I have been letting them pee around the perimeter of the garden. Many sites stated that coyote urine will repel deer. I don’t have a coyote but I have dogs.

Close enough, right?

We’ll see.

I even left a bowl of dog pee sitting right outside the garden.

Yes……I had Leroy pee in a bowl.

He didn’t mind.

Pretty ironic that I wanted a garden somewhere where the dogs couldn’t pee on it and now I am using their pee to warn off deer.

Sorry if that was too much information.

Anyway, I also put a pinwheel in the garden and a nightlight motion detector.

Pretty scary right?

We’ll see.

I’ll let you know next week how this all works out for me and the deer, maybe sooner if she eats the rest of my garden!

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Wednesday 18th of July 2012

Hey Leroy, Hey Sherman, Jet here. Hi Miss Jen.

As we scrolled down at first we had big smiley faces, as sweet red peppers are one of my favorite foods. Then we frowned when reading about dear Bambi stealing Miss Jen's precious agriculture. Then we giggled when we read the clever measures Miss Jen is using to ward Bambi and entourage off!


Wednesday 18th of July 2012

Sweet red peppers are my fav too!

Jen K

Sunday 15th of July 2012

lol! Trying to coordinate Leroy peeing in a bowl must have been hilarious! "Are you testing me for steroids? I swear I'm clean!"

Too funny.

I've never tried planting a vegetable garden, but I do plant flowers and the bunnies eat them. It is frustrating. I always plant a perimeter of marigolds because they are rumoured to deter rabbits. This is at least partially true, because the rabbits don't touch them, but will still crawl around and munch on my daisies.

I've heard human hair can also deter deer - anyone in need of a trim?


Monday 16th of July 2012

Leroy's little pee-pee dance is what makes it tough!

This is my second year at a veggie garden, last year was kind of a trial run. I have heard that marigolds help with bugs too, I was going to plant them this year and then I forgot. Human hair around the garden grosses me out, dog though is doable!


Saturday 14th of July 2012

Holy Cow Jen! You really are my hero! You taught Leroy to pee in a bowl???? OMG! You make me laugh!!! Sure do hope it works for you!! xo Jeanne


Sunday 15th of July 2012

LMAO, You guys are making me laugh! I didn't teach Leroy to pee in a bowl, I swear! He has no idea that he is peeing in a bowl, I'll explain tomorrow!


Saturday 14th of July 2012

OMD! BOL! Oh Mom and I are just ROLLIN! Hahahahhaha! We started smilin when we saw your Mom's Day garden. It's sooo wonderful! And our smiles got bigger when we saw your harvest in a cup for your guests then we started to chuckle at the 'go ahead and double dip' design, then we fell out when you started paradin Leroy and Sherman in front to the garden to get their scent around it BOL! and then have them pee OUTSIDE the garden (k, on the floor now) BUTT you sent us into true fits of laughter when you put the BOWL of PEE in the Garden BOL! OMD! HILARIOUS!!! Still laughin here We just luv you :D

Waggin at ya, Roo


Sunday 15th of July 2012

Thanks so much Roo! I am glad I could make you and your mom chuckle!


Saturday 14th of July 2012

You trained your dog to pee in a bowl??????

Stop on by for a visit Kari


Sunday 15th of July 2012

Explanation coming tomorrow:)))

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