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How to Use a Parson Russell Terrier as a Garden Weeding Tool

September 9th, 2008 · No Comments

This past weekend I was determined to get my tiny vegetable garden weeded and ready for some fall planting.  I had let the garden get so overrun with weeds (mostly grass, dill and cilantro) that I ended up pulling out everything except for a few Jalapeno Pepper plants and a few other pepper plants, which I thought were Bell Peppers, but look more like this.  Oh, and I also left in my Oregano plant.  I planted it last year and it came back again this year.  It’s so pretty now with it’s purple flowers!

September Oregano

September Oregano

Timmy, our Parson Russell Terrier, also did a lot of work in the garden.  At the beginning of my weeding, Timmy was in a fenced-in area of our yard .  My husband was doing some work with a chain saw and I didn’t want Timmy near him.  Timmy was watching me with interest.  Eventually he started complaining and moaning.  He is quite a talker!  Once my husband was finished with the chain saw we let Timmy out and he ran right into the garden to help.  Digging is a new-found passion for him.  My children encourage him, but I don’t know if that’s a good idea.  My daughter and youngest son have a small container moss garden on our patio and we discovered it all dug up a few days ago.  I wonder who is to blame?!  But, anyway, Timmy joined me and got to work digging.  I love that dog.

Timmy the Weeder

Timmy the Weeder

I have never been ambitious enough to try a fall vegetable planting so this is a first for me!  I have been told that Arugula should do well in the cooler weather.  I am also going to try growing some Lettuce and Swiss Chard.  My spring crop of Lettuce and Arugula did wonderfully, but the Swiss Chard did horribly.  Very few plants came up.  It wasn’t even enough for one side dish for us.

Do you plant a fall vegetable crop?  What do you find does well?

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