Garden + Dog = Disaster


I was so happy with our little garden and went out to water and tend to it daily. I tried to be as economical as I could be with this project and was using the water from my rain barrel as well as a recycled coffee can to water with. I watched it grow, produce flowers, fruit, and finally was able to pick and eat from it. We even used some old paint containers cleaned out of course, as planters for cantaloupe and some left over tomato plants. It was great!

Cucumbers
Cucumbers
Bell Peppers
Bell Peppers
Watermeleon
watermelon
Tomatoes after 2 weeks
Tomatoes after 2 weeks

After 3 weeks, we realized the garden needed more space, so we compensated by adding more running room for the watermelon & cucumbers. We should have staked the tomatoes at this point too, but we didn’t:

The watermeleon needed running room at 3 weeks
The watermelon needed running room at 3 weeks
Cantaloupes at 3 weeks
Cantaloupes at 3 weeks
Cucumbers needed room at 3 weeks
Cucumbers needed room at 3 weeks
The cucumbers began to "curl", so I added some additional compost to the soil. They straightened up nicely after that.
The cucumbers began to “curl”, so I added  compost to the soil. They straightened up nicely after that.

During week 4, we adopted a dog from a local kill shelter. She was suppose to become an inside dog, but she wanted outside so badly.  We bought puppy pads for her to pee on while inside. She ate them or shredded them. My husband wanted her to comfortable, so he bought her a big pillow type bed…and she ate it. She couldn’t be  in the room with the TV on. When she heard the voices, she would run to the door and whine to get out. To this day, she is still afraid of the mystical box that makes noise! We have a very old indoor kitty. She wanted to eat him, or at least, we thought she did from the way she acted. So, in short, we made a comfy home for her outside. She LOVED it. She was (and still is) the happiest pup in the world now!

Our adopted "mutt". She's half Lab, half Shar pei
Our adopted “mutt”. She’s half Lab, half Shar-Pei

Back to the garden, in week 5 we were getting 8-10 cucumbers a day among other items:

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At first we ate them daily. My youngest son was eating probably 5-6 a day. We made cucumber salad, cucumber sandwiches, put them in salads, made home-made pickles, and of course at them raw after washing them. We all became overwhelmed with cucumbers! We started giving them away. We were pawning cucumbers off on everyone we met. We gave them to neighbors almost daily, and co-workers, and customers, and family, and ….anyone that would accept them!! We had cucumbers coming out our ears!!

Week 5 Water Melons
Week 5 Water Melons
Week 5 cucumbers, water melons, etc
Week 5 cucumbers, water melons, etc

Week 6: IMAG3035 IMAG3026

In week 7 we lost 1/2 the garden…    The newly adopted dog saw a field mouse and dug all night to capture it…. in the garden beds!!!

She was so proud of herself
She was so proud of herself
She dug up the center of the tomatoe roots
She dug up the center of the tomato roots
She killed the water melon and dug up the green peppers
She killed the watermelon and dug up the green peppers

My heart dropped out of my chest 😦 But hey, we sure had a LOT of cucumber memories!

End of story 😦  🙂  😦

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