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Pet Proof Your Potted Garden



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Pet's and the outdoors. There is nothing more fun!  However, if your pet spends a lot of time outside you may want to consider these few tips to help keep them safe and your potted plants healthy.

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1.  Make your own potted plant fertilizer.  If it is not safe for animals it can burn their paws when they try to dig.  Make your own from kitchen scraps like egg shells, coffee grounds, citrus peels.  Look it up online and see many recipes.

2.  Try natural pest control.  I use lemon juice in a spray bottle on my potted flower and it keeps the bugs away and isn't harmful to my dog.  You can use essential oil, or dish soap to make other formulas.

3.  Keep and standing water covered.  Mosquitoes tend to lay eggs in water and your pet may think the drainage saucer under your potted flowers is for them.  Either dump it out, let them dry out or put a net over the water so your animals won't be tempted.

4.  Make sure your plants and flowers are pet safe. Talk to your local garden center or nursery to make sure that what you pot not only looks lovely but is safe.  You can go online to get a complete list.

5.  Lastly you don't want any broken pots with sharp edges, wooden window boxes with splinters or anything that car hurt a pet who just wants a sniff.  Check your planters at the start of each season.
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So, when potting your patio or backyard this year, keep these safety tips in mind.  This way the garden is enjoyable for everyone in the family!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 4:17:30 PM 

Pet Friendly Plants



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Many of us humans simply love gardening and planting pottery.  We also love our furry little friends.  However, the two do not always go hand in hand.  Some dogs see potted plants as a green snack and can become sick or worse if they eat them.  Luckily there are plenty of pet friendly tips and plants that can help create pet plant harmony.

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Sniff around..... Before you plant anything into your garden pottery do some research and learn which plants may be toxic to your dog or cat.  For example, azaleas can cause stomach and abdominal pain in your pet, while water hemlock can cause convulsions, seizures and even death. Fortunately, not all pet enemies. There are hundreds of plants, like blue eyed daisies and Jasmine, which not only are non toxic, but full of color and beauty!

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Drink Responsibly.....  When watering potted plants, make sure you keep them in a place that is far away from your canine or feline.  If possible, try to avoid using chemicals or pesticides in your water.  Your little friends might be tempted to sneak a drink from the flower pot's saucer and end up in the vet's office or even worse.

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Who let the dogs out..... Make sure your dog or cat is safe in your yard by having a fenced area.  The only thing worse than your pet doing their own gardening is your pet redecorating someone else's.  Not only is it embarrassing to explain to your neighbor why his or her potted tomatoes are missing, but you do not know what kind of toxic plants they may have or what kinds of chemicals they may use.
 
Follow these simple steps, and your pets and your potted plants can have a happy co-existence.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 12:10:37 PM 

Teach Children to Plant!




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A garden is a great teaching time for children.  It brings science, math, nature, and art to life and it doesn't hurt that they get to play in the dirt.  Children will learn what plants need to grow by working the soil in the planters you have or in the ground.  They can use their hands instead of tools so it's not only fun but safe and they will enjoy the reward of a job well done when they see their plants blossom & grow.

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The first step is to choose a site for the planters you will have them plant in.  Look for a area that receives full sun, is convenient so they can go out there on their own and is protected.  Don't think that you can just let them go on their own.  Provide adult supervision at all times.  Fill the bottom of the planters with soil for good drainage and then use potting soil, NOT SOIL FROM YOUR YARD.  Mix in a good fertilizer and your ready to plant.

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Next is to figure out what you want to grow.  Is is flowers, veggies, a butterfly garden or sweet smelling blossoms that they can cut and bring indoors to enjoy.  This will help you decide on what kind of pottery to use, how large it must be and how many you will need.  You don't have to use huge garden planters.  Even small terracotta pots can hold a good bunch of fresh herbs.  Let the child help in picking out the pots.  They really enjoy this step and it makes them feel important.

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Look in gardening books, check out seed packets at the local nursery and browse magazines to give them ideas.  Steer them in the direction you want them to go and they will think they thought it up all on their own.  You can always search the web for good tips.

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Have a plan before you begin, then gather all your supplies.  Let the children get involved.  DON'T do it for them.  Guide them gently and everyone will have a great time.  Use this together time to teach them something and never assume they know what your talking about.  Incorporate small toys and figurines that they love.  It gives it a final touch and the child loves seeing their toys under a blooming tomato plant. 
 
Finally use your imagination.  This is a time of learning, sharing and creating memories.


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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 9:44:48 AM 

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shirley 3/23/2012 10:15:54 AM 
Really cute ideas that make me stop and think for a minute. The kids are grown but it's more fun with the grandkids anyway!!!




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