Natural Dog Gardening – Healthy, Fun and Easy?

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What is “natural dog gardening?"
Natural” is back to basics, in its purest and simplest form, without using chemicals.  ‘Bye” to chemicals and “hello” organics.  Can save you money in the long run.  Wouldn’t you want to know what is going into your stomach and being more proactive about it?  Actually been this way for decades, but I’m still learning.  I can’t say living here in Colorado I garden outdoors all year round as I wish.  However, I do my best depending on the weather too.  Wherever you read garden, think of it as veggie garden but it can also grow herbs too.  Why not think of natural dog herbal remedies  when planting?

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Molly ignoring the cuke and nearby edible weeds

I grew up in New York City, lived in an apartment with a fire escape outside.  My mother didn't have a green thumb and so few plants with quick deaths to them.  She was not gifted in this area. When my husband and I moved to Colorado I developed a curiosity for gardening from our neighbor's beautiful veggie gardens. I quickly started to learn and never stopped. It's been decades.

Denver is where we live and have crazy weather.  Know what it is like to have snow when you think summer arrived and suddenly it becomes winter again?  We have learned to let Mother Nature do her thing and not try to second guess her.  We have been wrong just like she has been.

Why organics?
See the word and first two letters in “organic?”  The word or letters
"'OR" speak to me about other choices I call chemicals.  So it's this "or" that.  I love the nutritional value being better, the smell for some and taste being amazing.  I rather eat and live closer to nature.  I enjoy eating this way and living closer to nature as well.  I still go with as much organics as I can find and choose too. 

Healthy, easy and fun

Let me say anything I can grow in my garden, harvest fast, without chemicals is surely healthy to me.  When I think of fun and easy — if it's not fun and easy then count me out.  I do see fun in watching these seeds or plants grow up and eat it.  I even hunt for edible weeds on our land, but if you are not familiar with this talk perhaps another writing.   I love getting the exercise and it done right in my own yard. I call this easy!  Moving, bending is fun exercise and happens all the time while gardening unless you stop. 

Dog's Miracle Vegetable Garden

Having my own garden I now what's in the soil, fertilize I use, and what's going into the tummies here.  I know my dog can eat many veggies and herbs from the garden so why leave her out. I think me and then I think her too. Careful not all veggies work for them however. That talk is to come.

I believe natural dog gardening is for all.  She's not allowed in to self feed however.  The one thing she can't help me with maintain the garden. She can eat from it disguised in small pieces in her meal.

With my own gardening I know what goes into my stomach and my dog’s too.  My goal is always less sickness vet bills and more on wellness checkups.  Molly got healed of LUPUS. 

LUPUS in dogs shocked me plus almost felt like it was breaking the bank.  However, WE WON and healed at 11 is amazing.  Her story is on the web.  Upcoming is her story in print to the world and hoping to the airwaves.  A costly lesson can be worthwhile and her sickness was that.  Live and learn!

No Land to Garden – Yes to Ideas Here

Let me help you start without having room or land to garden.  Here's 2 ideas:

1. City:  Call the Park Department finding out if they know of local community garden plots.  If yes, go visit.  You will meet people and see the community atmosphere of sharing birthed.

2. Helping Neighbors: Get to know your neighbor and offer to help

Visit a local community garden and see if anyone needs help sharing the work for the food.

Food for thought

Gardening is a journey.  I've been speaking about dogs, but hey why can't you think of a garden for yourself too.  You don't really have to use a dog as an excuse. Use health as the best one.  I've shared about out the natural dog gardening and bringing it home to seeing it as healthy, fun and easy.  For you maybe it is not so.  It's a choice but you can still eat healthier as best as you choose too. Your local farmers market may have fresh for you. Your grocery store may have organic section set up.

Are you now more turned on to the joys of gardening?   

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james samy March 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

After reading your post on natural food for dog is an eye opener for dog lovers. I am learning new things from your blog post. Thank you Carol

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Thanks James so much for always looking for them and commenting. Even if you or others don’t have a dog, useful to share on with others who do.

Susan McKenzie March 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I used to garden with my family as a child, but it’s been many years… I would love to get back into gardening! I’ll be staying tuned to your posts, Carol!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Susan, Thanks for your comment. I love gardening. I have even started seeds indoors and my sunroom looked like a jungle. It was amazing. Now with cold nights, no heat in this room, no “participation” here I am limited so I choose to buy to enjoy the fruits of my efforts. I think of buying from nurseries or rock yards as “outsourcing.” Want to get into having your first garden on your new land? Want to do a virtual buddy garden? Probably have great soil. Keeping wildlife out there is key: wires, fencing, etc. Ready?

Rose Kirkland March 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Your information about organic gardening for your dog never ceases to amaze me. It’s obvious that you have lots of information about this.. Great content.

Karen Brooks March 19, 2011 at 12:26 am

Love your ideas about the community garden areas. We have them in the town where I live and it is great being able to help each other and eat wholesome organic food!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 19, 2011 at 12:59 am

Thanks Karen. We have many community gardens here, but with our land I don’t need to go far except to talk to “people” other than my dog at times. I hit the Farmer’s Market lots with about 10,000-15,000 who show up in one day close by even with my own crops.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 19, 2011 at 1:00 am

Rose, Thanks. Way back when I started to garden and my husband’s brother visited from Italy at that time, my garden was showing off massively. I never so many carrots and cucumbers could come in that fast and in such great supply. Wow. We have since moved twice. Still a great flashback without a camera.

Elvie Look March 19, 2011 at 1:45 am

Great article. We feed Bailey veggies too. We have always used raised beds, it is like tripling your garden. Great stuff Carol!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 19, 2011 at 2:18 am

Thanks Elvie for comment. Raised beds are great. I plan on writing more gardening talk in a few posts including square foot gardening. Molly doesn’t like veggies but I blend them usually in tiny pieces where they are disguised in her meal. If they are a tiny bit above tiny she drops it on the floor. She’s the boss!

Denny Hagel March 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Fabulous info as always Carol! Thanks!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Denny, I appreciate your comments. Thanks for reading it. Gardening is so much fun. I love heirloom tomatoes but not for my dog. Whatever color I pick is always fresh and delish. Actually I love most veggies.

Solvita March 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Thanks for sharing Carol, must be good for dogs!:)

Donovan Grant March 20, 2011 at 1:23 am

Thanks for another rich content post Carol. Looking forward to joining in the planting of organic vegetables too!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 20, 2011 at 1:43 am

Thanks Solvita for comments. If my dog only knew what is her food she would be mad at me and if I don’t blend into tiny pieces she spits it on the floor gladly. Dogs are something else. Wow.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

Donovan, gardening is so much fun, bu there can be bugs. Just usual natural ways if need to create a spray or such. Try heirloom tomatoes. I go with the biggest giants out there. 2 pound ones are great. No particular ones recommended. All great and colorful in salad if they make it that far.

Victoria Gazeley March 20, 2011 at 2:59 am

I remember when I was growing up our old Springer Spaniel used to graze on the strawberry patch, JUST as the berries were becoming ripe. My mother use to get so mad, but I thought it was priceless. That dog knew her food!

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 20, 2011 at 3:28 am

Your Springer was so smart as strawberries, organic, are loaded with vitamins and minerals. She did know her food better than my dog who would see berries or fruit and stare at it. Unless I disguised it in blender it wouldn’t tempt her. She’s a veggie girl however.

Rachelle March 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Carol, are there any vegetables dog shouldn’t eat?

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Rachelle, I have read toxic veggies to dogs are: Avocados, tomatoes and potatoes; however I have also read little avo is okay. My dog does not eat white potatoes but others if I see something here. So who knows the real truth, but I use my judgment and she is doing well. I don’t give her onions, but a pinch of garlic if I think about it. It’s rare. Who really knows the truth.

If I believed everything I read about my dog’s sudden biopsy for (progressive case) Lupus and no known cases to be healed by 3 vet clinics here, she is supposed to be dead. WE won and her story at my site. She’s very alive and almost 12. A story of faith, hope and love not only in a dog’s life but relationships and business too. Shared my veggie opinions only. Thanks for asking.

Scott Manesis-Consultant March 31, 2011 at 7:33 am

Hey Carol,

My boxer is allergic to corn, makes his skin itch something fierce. What an interesting area of expertise you offer here. I would have never even considered natural herbal remedies for pets, never in a million years. Very cool indeed. More people should know about this, I pinged ya to about 50 social bookmarking sites, hope you don’t mind. :)
~Scott

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm

HI Scott,
How sweet of you to ping me to about 50 social sites. I am honored and when I have products may you can let them too know. My ebook also I believe is a great resource for all dogs coming to a “NEW” home. Boxers are beautiful. Wow, what a blessing you shared me. Corn does cause a lot of allergies even to people. I believe there are commonalities between people and dogs so I love to write as comparisons to both. The horrible skin itch I can relate too sadly. My dog actually went from furry to a greyhound look, and now she is back to her normal without itch finally!! It was triggered by bad vet and my crazy YES when I got scared into the lie. I appreciate your comments. Let’s get that boxer itch free. Let’s do it behind the scenes if interested. No strings attached and just want to see the dog better. I have ideas. Maybe we can touch base in next day or two. My mind is generating ideas as I write. I don’t think I can wait days but now to email ya! Thanks for comment and believing in my work. I hope you read my dog’s amazing Lupus recovery story. A book coming forth! I have many ideas and would love sharing with ya.

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