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Friday, July 31, 2015

Ideas for the Home Garden - Gardening with Pets

This week's mini infographic garden idea sheet is about planning and maintaining a safer garden to share with your pets. The planting aspect has been a much bigger part of our recent plans than during past gardening, as our youngest dog has an unhealthy desire to taste the world. The ASPCA has one of the best sites that I have come across for checking for potential pet-toxic plants.  

Being pet safety conscious doesn't necessarily mean eliminating all potential hazards from your garden. In our case, we have opted for a balance of supervision and maintenance for some varieties (including our fruit trees), while other plants have been relegated to safer positions in the garden - for their own safety, our pet's safety, and a bit of both in some cases! On the flip side, you can also plant a few of their favourites in accessible places or include some pet-safe edibles in your veggie/berry patch for sharing.

Looking for more pawesome pet-friendly garden ideas? We collaborated with Dalmatian DIY to share a comprehensive post on How to Create a Pet-Friendly Home Garden.   Check it out for tips on garden design, plantings, problems, and more. They also have a great post in their archives on fruits, veggies and herbs that are safe for sharing with your dogs and other handy tips. We've pinned it and other pet ideas to our growing collection of greener living pet pins on Pinterest.  Let us know if you have suggestions for us to explore!

We would love your suggestions on sharing a safe garden space with pets! Please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows. 

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