How to plant a dog friendly veggie garden
It’s Spring time, the weather is warming and the buds are bursting on plants everywhere! It’s also time to start planting out your summer veggie garden, so I thought I would put together a basic guide of what to include and do to create a dog friendly veggie patch!
1. Soil preparation
There are three main types of soil found across Australia; Sand, Loam and Clay.
Loam is the dark rich soil that crumbles – imagine brown sugar! This is the best soil to plant in, if you have this soil you won’t need to do too much preparation before planting.
Sandy soil is quite loose and will not retain water or nutrients as well as loam, so if you have a sandy garden compost is your new best friend! That’s it, save all your kitchen scraps and get them into the compost bin to create a great organic matter to mix into your soil.
Clay is a very dense soil and can have drainage problems becoming a very packed in hard to break up soil. To help aerate and break up the clay you can add Gypsum, a powdery calcium sulphate. Gypsum is safe to use around dogs, but if inhaled too much can create temporary mild respiratory issues. So to be extra safe as you add this agent to your soil and mix it up, ensure your dog is away from the area.
Now we come to the planting! Here is a list of summer plants that are dog safe:
These are all summer plantable fruits and veggies that are safe around dogs, in case you happen to have inquisitive and digging pups.
Once you have planted the next step is the mulch the beds to prevent any weeds popping up in between your newly planted seedlings!
Grass clippings are a great, economical mulch. Mow the lawn and spread a layer of the clippings over your garden bed. If you don’t have enough grass then you can also buy prepared mulch from any garden store. The mulch also acts as a great moisture retainer – especially for those in sandy soil areas.
And there you have it! A dog friendly veggie garden ready for summer!
Do you have any tips for a dog friendly garden or foods you like to plant? Love to hear your thoughts!