Planting a Dog Friendly Veggie Garden

By September 6, 2013 Dog Health, Food 11 Comments

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.

2. Planting

Now we come to the planting! Here is a list of summer plants that are dog safe:

  • Artichokes
  • Basil
  • Blueberries
  • Capsicums
  • Carrots
  • Chillies
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Cranberries
  • Eggplants
  • Lettuce
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Silverbeet
  • Snowpeas
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Sweetcorn
  • Zucchinis

These are all summer plantable fruits and veggies that are safe around dogs, in case you happen to have inquisitive and digging pups.

3. Mulching

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!


  • What a great list! This will come in handy next summer, thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Jessica! We are heading into summer here in Australia, so glad it will come in handy for you in 6 months time or so! Broccoli is a good safe winter veggie if you felt so inclined to grow over winter!

  • Thanks for this list! I am better aware of the veggies that I can feed my dogs!

    • Jen says:

      Great to hear Michelle! There are a lot more dog friendly fruits and veggies, but they are winter plants. We are heading into Spring here so will post a Winter Veggie Garden blog in 6 months to cover the ‘cold’ vegetables!

  • Great to have a dog-friendly veggie list! There are a lot of plants that are toxic to dogs and most people aren’t aware. Like tomato plants, for example. Great to have a list of plants that ARE safe. Pinning!

    • Jen says:

      Thanks so much Pam! A lot of research went into planting my veggie garden so thought I would share my findings with everyone!

  • Welcome and thanks for joining on TNT this week! Very helpful list of what is safe for dogs in the outdoors setting.

  • Thanks so much for participating in TNT. I was out of town so am just now getting around to everyone’s posts. This is an excellent post with great information. We have sand up at our cabin and it is hard to grow things in it. Pines do very well, but people have trouble with gardens. I must suggest composting to them (but with the wild life, that is hard to do). We have clay soil at our house and that is difficult too, but not as hard as sand. I wish I had time to garden, I would love to try a dog friendly garden!

    • Love to be a part of TNT! I basically live on a sand dune so know exactly how hard it is to grow veggies in loose soil! Through lots of research and ‘test and see’ I came up with what works best for our garden and figured I would share the results. If you decide to give a dog friendly veggie garden a go, let me know how it turns out! You might find something that works better in sandy soil areas that would help me too 🙂

  • Dani says:

    Very useful! I see no kale? Is it bad?

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