We rescued a puppy a few months ago, and he was supposed to be a terrier/pug mix. Not so much anymore– we think he might actually be a terrier/Irish Wolfhound mix. He’s very cute.
However cute he is, though, he is destroying my raised bed. (My husband, who didn’t want the dog, loves to taunt me: “Ah, the epic question– what do you love more, the garden or the dog?”) He already ruined one crop of seeds that I recently planted. I knew I had to take some serious action, and it didn’t involve a $200 an hour dog trainer. (Although I haven’t ruled that out.)
I re-planted my bed with my swiss chard, spinach, beets and carrots, and came up with what seems to me a totally adequate if not highly aesthetically-pleasing solution. The raised bed sits about 2′ high in the backyard:
I decided to make a kind of “fence” around the perimeter of the bed with bamboo stakes spaced at intervals. I bought a few packs of long bamboo stakes at Home Depot and broke each one in half, so I ended up with a bunch of 3′ or so stakes.
- keep the dog out of the bed– really, I only needed a deterrent; as long as he thought he couldn’t get in, the barrier didn’t need to actually be strong enough to stop him
- allow sunlight to get to the plants
- allow me to get to the bed easily to tend the plants and harvest, and because the bamboo stakes are simply tucked into the soil, I can remove any number that I need to to get to the plants
- not take too long to implement– it took less than 10 minutes to put the stakes in, and they cost less than $6 at Home Depot
- not be an eye sore– not perfect, but blends in pretty well
I’ll be posting as the plants begin to sprout and hopefully don’t get uprooted by a crazy canine.