Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Pests in the garden

I'm not on about the standard slugs, snails or pigeons either. The plot is small enough to keep most damage caused by them under control.

No the biggest pest in my garden is Rocky hound. The shortest route to the small orchard area is straight across the veg plot. I'm sure you can imagine this naughty little doggy likes to have a good dig too!

I decided to enlist Mikes help to place a rigid net around the veg plot. I can steady myself with a cane to clamber over for planting & harvesting purposes.




And yes that is a dandelion I'm cultivating in the blue planter, I'd best make some plans to re pot the containers for summer!

34 comments:

  1. I just had a flashback several years, my Dad had a totally mad Springer who decided to take a shortcut through the peas. He ended up tangled into a ball of netting and canes. Never tried it again though. My Ben is better trained, he knows that he has to go around the beds, although I have to grow peas where he can not get to then or he will strip the vines, he loves them as much as I do.

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  2. We leave a few shady spots for our cats to lie out of the sun, the pigeons are huge this year and so greedy.

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  3. dont steady yourself on a cane, did that once and it snapped, put yourself a firm post in, my problem has been next doors cats that come over and use my raise beds. :-)

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  4. My dogs dig up the lawn but the raised beds seem to be safe from them. Sea gulls are a big problem here.

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  5. Yes, you give me a great inspiration! I have cute pest too, my kitties. I think the canes will effective on my raised beds. Thanks Jo!

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  6. Similar source of garden problems here, too, as Boo insists on helping with the, erm, watering. I'm considering making him wear nappies.

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  7. Neatly done, hopefully he'll get the idea now. I've got a few dandelions in pots here as well. And in the lawn and along the path. Sigh. CJ xx

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  8. When we grew veggies we had to have a similar fence around them, but not for a dog of our ownership, the neighbours cat...... I hope that Rocky will get the idea and leave the veggies in peace! xx

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  9. I've just repotted out hostas and they really needed it. We once planted a solitary violet and now the things come up everywhere. I don;t mind the nook and cranny seeding but I do mind them jostling the plants in containers and they are very tenancious when it comes to trying to pull them out;

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  10. My husband fenced round the vegetable beds to keep out the hens and our dog. The dog still tries every possible way to squeeze through!

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  11. Awww, look at that adorable face, surely he wouldn't do any harm, butter wouldn't melt.

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  12. We have eight dogs so you can imagine the devastation to our veg patch! I have to put a new fence round the beg patch every year, good job I love them!

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  13. Good idea but look at his little face!!

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  14. He looks a bit put out. lol
    Briony
    x

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  15. Interesting reading about everyone's "pests" in the gardens. My pests are rabbits who love my flowers, and great blue herons who eat my goldfish in the pond! My dog is good about the gardens, but I had to lay some stepping stones through one garden. I just watched where his normal path was and lay the stones directly on his route. I'm glad this dog doesn't dig ... my last dog did and it was SUCH a pain! Your fence is looking good, but poor Rocky looks a bit miffed at his fun being curbed.

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  16. We don't have a dog but my in-law's dog would regularly dig things up when they visited. But dandelions - they sign of a good gardener, surely? My lawn is covered in them, it's practically a meadow. x

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  17. When my son visits with his dogs who are VERY active chasing around the garden the whole time they are here, I put the garden chairs on the veg plot so they can't go on there. Seems to work, cats are harder to keep off though.

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  18. We had a digging dog too. I never did come up with a good solution to prevent him. I hope Rocky gets the hint!

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  19. I need to get one of those around my plot as well! Though not because of a dog....the bunnies are back!! AH!!! Good thinking buddy! And a happy week to you! Nicole xo

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  20. My English Springer Spaniel Moss is my biggest pest! Even when I cover rows of new seedlings he still manages to disturb them running around chasing birds in the back garden!

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  21. just tell everyone it's a wild flower...

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  22. My chickens Beryl and Jean were little buggers in the garden. They were overwintered at my sister in laws, who has a small holding and apparently they don;t want to come back for the summer. So no more pests. But no more eggs either. I shall miss their mischievous ways.
    Leanne xx

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  23. Our hens love to scratch around in the veggies causing havoc, we have to fence them out when we have stuff growing in their too. Hopefully your veg will thrive now it's not been trampled regularly!

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  24. Oh dear. He does look a bit sad not being allowed in the cordoned off section but I totally understand. My biggest problem last year, which was worse than any other and I hope it's not repeated this year was slugs. I've never known a year like it!

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  25. Hope it works, Joanne! When I had each bed fenced in, I always left one post that I could pull up to access the beds. I admit I did get fed up bending over the fence to weed, etc, it's much nicer now that there's just the one fence around the patch. (Although I'm reinforcing already as the "creatures" seem determined to break through!)

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  26. we sowed some grass seed in one section of the garden- it has come up perfectly, all apart from one very precise bald line which is where the dogs patrol for rats!

    Liking the new fence :o) xx

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  27. Snap I have a black lab who thinks the borders are a play area. However, we also have flipping squirrels, they dig bulbs up as I plant them. They even knock plants over to get to the roots. Rocky is very cute, so I imagine he mostly gets away with it x

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  28. Look at that little doggy face ... butter wouldn't melt!

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  29. Oh dear! My pests were neighbours kids who thought it was ok to use my flower bed as a rugby touch line. xx

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  30. How funny! Your doggy looks very cute though. Judy.

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  31. I know what you mean about the dogs. We are blessed to have Trojan but I am so glad that my veggies are on my allotment otherwise I think he would eat them all!!
    All that aside...I still need to tend to the garden this year to save my bedding plants but I do have actions in mind!!

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  32. It is really bad that there are pests in your garden. I strongly recommend you to use natural Pest control treatment. We always hire services of a local Pest control Port Macquarie provider to keep pests away from garden area.

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