My Impromptu Dog Garden, For a Season
My long-term gardening plan where I live in Maine is simple in the abstract: let the woods grow in from the edges over time and find something other than grass in the middle.
As always in a garden, concrete reality becomes more complicated.
I’ve got dogs. Big dogs. Digging dogs. These big digging dogs have their favorite spaces to dig big holes, and it seems no matter how promptly I fill these holes up, the dogs will dig them back out again. I’m reasonably comfortable with chaos, but my patience has its limits, and I’m trying to figure out how to reclaim these spots.
This year, I’m trying out sunflower seeds. They germinate quickly and they grow quickly. My hope is that if something’s there, the dogs will be flummoxed and fail to dig. That’s my hope. Reality may be more complicated. When I went to snap this photo, my dogs followed me right to the spot and, seeing my attention to that spot, decided to roll in it. There’s always a surprise in the garden.
What are you hoping for this year in your garden? What have been your surprises?