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I have huge plans for my garden this year, but before planting, I decided to make sure that I am able to keep Pablo, the new puppy, out of the garden (yes, he is a 60+ pound, 8 month old Aussiedoodle).

Pablo the puppy

 

So, I prepped this 8’ x 8’ garden bed, including placing chicken wire around the entire bed, 2 weeks ago. And as of last weekend, I felt quite successful as there had been no puppy break-ins .

Pablo-proofed garden bed

Thus, feeling all cocky in my Pablo-proofing capabilities, I prepped this 4” x 4” garden bed and PLANTED some great lettuce, cipollino onions and spinach seeds.

Pablo-proofed, yes. Critter-proofed?

Looks lovely, yes?
Once again…success! Pablo did not get in to the garden. BUT SOMETHING HAS! And twice “it” has dug up the onions. Not sure who the mystery onion thief is, but it was a good reminder that there is far more to backyard gardening than keeping the new puppy  out.

So, I seek advice…..any thoughts for keeping the critters out?

BTW: I will be planting more plants this weekend. And, for those of you here in Boise,  I will make sure to share information on the wonderful Farmer’s Market vendor(s) selling the plants.