Monday, February 4, 2008

Operation Dog Storm

After a weekend with temperatures hitting 60 and a Saturday filled with fabulous gardeners (I met Helen Dillon!), I am inspired!

Sunday found me outside pruning the fig tree, finally painting the back fence, and putting into effect phase one of Operation Dog Storm. Everyday, 2-3 times a day I walk with Luna around the garden and spray her with bitter apple if she steps foot in the garden. I put up some really ugly fencing (temporary!) to show her the border (since I will admit, with the lack of turf and winter garden, it's hard to tell).

I'm doing some research on dwarf conifers (Richard Bitner spoke on Saturday and was just amazing) and am interested in getting some asian pears to espalier (Hosui?). I know that I'll be dealt a seasonal smack-down in a few days when temperatures drop, but for now I'm just thrilled that Spring is on it's way!


Anonymous said...

Since you've just led us to your garden blog, I'm commenting on an old entry. What I do to keep dog out of flower beds, is use fencing like your white wire, but mine is anybody's discarded green wire, and I wind it back and forth through the garden. The dog can't comfortably step anywhere in the flowerbed. Hope your bitter apple works.

Ann said...

Thanks Gillian! I'm having mixed results with the fencing and the spray. I will keep your idea in mind since I'm not out there with her all the time and I know that she steps in the beds when I'm not around.

Laurie (Moo!) said...

How's the bitter apple working out? It will be great if Luna gets the point. :-)

And here I am, wanting a privacy fence to shield my garden from the neighbors' aggressive, barking dog!

Check out my blog so you can laugh at what my DH has to clear in the veggie garden.