Curious dogs are Gordon Setters. They very much love to explore their world, right noticing every little thing.
My garden plan not only took them into consideration, they were able and are the reason for many of the elements. I wanted them to have fun in their yard, have interesting things to sniff and look at, while also creating a more hospitable space for them so they could enjoy time outdoors, even in the summer Vegas heat (within reason of course). It brings me joy to see them happy and enjoying their home. ☺️
Here they are in around and about in the yard or, as the overall plan in the yard is for it to be mainly edible, I like to call it all my garden.
Fruit trees that I wanted were planted 2 feet away from the wall to allow the dogs to go completely around the tree, while also using them as pee posts. ☺️ A win for all of us!
Grass in the desert is a big one. Yes, I love grass too but would I be so determined to grow it otherwise? Even in the dead of summer it NEVER gets to hot for 🐾 and it drops the air temperature around 10-15°.
Shade! This one was huge for me too. Now that the trees are growing I am really seeing and feeling the benefit. You don’t even have to be sitting in the shade, it just creates a cool, welcoming space.
And Gordons can find any sliver of shade in the yard. Lol.
I was excited to plant our first tree- an Elm. It was a huge hit right from the start!
Note where they are laying…☺️
And then there’s Elly May – our sunshine girl 😍
They all love their veggies and will raid a tomato 🍅 right off the vine, without even damaging the plant or you even knowing it was there.
Ian is already claiming the garden as his space. Lol.
Now that the resident rat 🐀 has moved on the boys are back to their very gentle, trainable selves and are enjoying time with me in the garden, staying on the paths as they sniff away looking for ripe veggies.
“Please mom, can we come in with you?”